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The Bye Bye Man (2017/Universal Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B+/C+ Sound: B+/C+ Extras: D Film: C

Stacy Title's The Bye Bye Man (2017) is a weak attempt at creating an iconic horror character such as Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street films. Unfortunately, the backstory of the Bye Bye Man isn't really unique or scary enough but more a combination of several other horror characters. Candyman (if you say his name you pass on his curse), Freddy (he can cause hallucinations and affect dreamsttates), and a touch of Jason in that he has a facial deformity. The one thing he does have that the others don't, however, is a bloody computer generated dog that eats people.

The Bye Bye Man stars Douglas Smith (Ouija), Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth) as The Bye Bye Man, Michael Trucco, Carrie Anne-Moss and a cameo by Faye Dunaway. The film is based on 'The Bridge to Body Island' by Robert Damon Schneck.

Three college kids move into a creepy house where a brutal shooting happened decades earlier. After they settle in, one of them finds two gold coins on a night stand and bizarre writing in the drawer that reads ''don't think it, don't say it'' and ''the bye bye man''. Once he says those words, a supernatural menace blurs reality, driving them to the point of insanity as it stalks their every move. As the curse of the Bye Bye Man passes from person to person, the only way to break the curse is to kill everyone who knows about him. Who will be left after the supernatural menace invades their minds?

The standout performance for me was Carrie Anne-Moss as the police detective in the film, being a fan of her in The Matrix Trilogy and Christopher Nolan's Memento, I don't see her in films as much as I would like and it felt like her role in this film was cut down, which is a shame because her character was interesting. Horror fans may let down by the lack of blood and gore in the film as well, including some moments, such as a girl being shot, where there isn't blood where there should be. The makeup effects by Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk Til Dawn) look great and I would have liked to see more practical work done, especially on the bloody dog, which really looked cheap and digital. Why didn't they just have a real dog?!

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a nice sounding English, lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track, the film looks and sounds up to todays and the format's standards. There's a nice combination of day and night scenes, all that are evenly lit and detailed. The film has nice production value and is nicely shot, which is evident on the Blu-ray.

The standard definition DVD of the film is also included and presents the film in an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track that's passable, but not as good, with the difference in quality between both discs is significant. Also included is a digital UV copy.

No extras, which is shocking (more than the film?). An effects featurette or something would have been nice. There are two versions of the film, Unrated and Rated, with a three minute difference in length and no real difference in quality.

If The Bye Bye Man would have had more gore and less focus on the character development of its victims, it could have been a more interesting outing. The basic idea of the character and story isn't completely terrible, I just feel the execution of narrative is a bit disjointed.

- James Lockhart



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