By: Margarita Martinez
What makes a scary movie a great one? Is it all just jump scares or is it because scary movies awaken fears within those who watch them? A great horror film leaves the audience terrified of every little noise and awakens childhood fears. By these standards, ‘The Bye Bye Man” was lacking.
The story of the hooded figure, the Bye Bye Man, begins with three college students who rent a home that contained artifacts leading to this figure. It was said that the Bye Bye Man will come for anyone who hears his name and to the great misfortune of these adolescents, they become the next victims.
To prevent the arrival of this figure, the students repeat the mantra to not think it or say it, ‘it’ meaning anything pertaining to the Bye Bye Man. This plan, however, was a total disaster and only aided in the success of the Bye Bye Man.
The movie possessed a few jump scares that hardly created chills down one’s spine yet that seemed to be the only element of horror. Furthermore, the lack of elaboration on the Bye Bye Man’s origins seemed poorly executed. It could be argued that the mystery surrounding the figure was to be an element of horror but it was only confusing.
Throughout the movie, the sound of a train or flipping of a coin was a sign that the Bye Bye Man was near. This seemed to have no correlation with the figure and was irrelevant.
The only somewhat riveting part was the ending, a battle of will between the hooded figure and the only remaining college student. Anticipation was finally present during the last ten minutes. The last few plot twists towards the end made the movie, overall, somewhat bearable.
In the end, it felt as if there was a forced effort to make the film more thrilling, especially the attempt to get into one’s head with the mantra of don’t think it; don’t say it. Although it was not the best horror film, “The Bye Bye Man” is a great to movie to watch if you desire a poorly executed plot.