Don’t say it, don’t think it; don’t think it, don’t say it. Surely everybody has heard this by now. This was part of the strong marketing push for The Bye Bye Man. Should the movie be thought about? Spoiler alert: no.
Heavily marketed as the next frightening specter, The Bye Bye Man comes to blu-ray three months after it premiered and briefly appeared in theaters. The story follows three college kids who move into off-campus housing together and stumble upon a mystery. When they find some odd things around their new home and also decide to have a séance, everything begins to fall apart. Each of them start to show signs of decline following their encounter with the other side. They begin to see things that are not reality.
While they all begin to lose their sanity, one of them starts to try to find answers. After researching at the library and tracking down the widow of a reporter who encountered the same curse, he learns of the Bye Bye Man. He learns that the Bye Bye Man has power over those cursed. He can give them hallucinations and haunt them the more they think about him. Armed with his knowledge, he believes he knows how to defeat him. He rushes to save his friends and family by beating the Bye Bye Man and taking away his power.
It is hard to say what doesn’t work about The Bye Bye Man. That might be because not much actually works for it. The concept isn’t bad. It also isn’t entirely new. Once a secret has been unearthed, those who are exposed are haunted by the secret and must figure out how to save themselves. Pretty tried and true, but it is all in the execution. Also, there are a couple moments where imagery is moderately effective. But that isn’t used as effectively as it should when it should have been used.
There is Carrie-Ann Moss. She collected a paycheck. Probably not a big one since she’s only in a few minutes of the movie. Outside of a few moments the movie is full of a lot of weak acting. Maybe that can’t all be blamed on the actors because the script, dialog, and directing all seem suspect. Even the effects aren’t good. While some of the imagery could be good, it isn’t done as well at all.
Pacing is terrible. Lines are terrible. Squandered potential is terrible. Oh and the CGI is terrible. The Bye Bye Man is terrible.
Video Quality: 2.5/5
It is ok. The video is mostly ok. The colors look fine. Clarity and detail is mostly fine. The transfer does however fail when it comes to dark scenes. The movie has a lot of dark scenes. Unfortunately, these scenes are often muddy and lack clarity. In a movie like this, you need to be able to enjoy the dark scenes instead of struggling to discern what shapes are in the shot.
Audio Quality: 4/5
As opposed too the video, the audio doesn’t disappoint. Universal does deliver The Bye Bye Man with a solid DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack. The track features good activity and hits well. Details in the audio track come through with great detail. This might be the best part of the release.
Special Features and Packaging: 1/5
The Bye Bye Man comes with the theatrical cut as well as the unrated. That gives you a point. No other special features, though. Universal did provide a case for it, so there is that…
I guess one thing I can say for The Bye Bye Man is that it isn’t the worst thing I’ve watched. It isn’t even the worst thing I’ve watched this week. Even with that said, the movie isn’t worth watching. The image is ok and audio is good, but who cares? Ok, I acknowledge there are probably people who like it. So, for those people the technical aspects will satisfy, but the lack of extras will disappoint. Skip it all around.