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Hopeless Horror

Saturday, January 21, 2017
By Deepa Gahlot

The Bye Bye Man
Director:
Stacy Title
Cast: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas and other
Rating: * *

This horror movie directed by Stacy Title, is a conveyor belt product that resembles dozens of films with similar plots and filming style. Get a bunch of youngsters in a haunted house and pitch them against the resident ghost—in this case, one who stays dormant till someone says his name.

Three students - Elliot (Douglas Smith), his girlfriend Sasha (Cressida Bonas) and his buddy John (Lucien Laviscount) — arrange to share a large old house away from college. As it always happens in such films, there is a monstrous-looking ghost parked in there, with his dog. He is called the Bye Bye Man, and if his name is uttered, he enters the soul of that person make him a killer; or at least messes with his head. Elliot (Smith) stumbles into strange writings in an old drawer. Sasha’s friend Kim (Jenna Kanell) holds a séance and detects the presence of the spectre. Elliot says forbidden words and is ‘infected’. They all start getting frightening hallucinations.

It’s a low rent version of far scarier films, and there are the usual visuals of bloodied corpse rising, a woman (Faye Dunaway making a surprise appearance) catching fire, maggots, spooky wallpaper, a train hurtling through the dark, and other such giggle-worthy scenes. The woman is the wife of a local journalist Larry Redmon (Leigh Whannell), who, in the opening scenes, goes on a murder spree before killing himself. Another senior actress Carrie-Ann Moss turns up as a cop. 'The Bye Bye Man', reportedly seeks to become a franchise, so a lot more young people will be warned, “Don’t think it. Don’t say it.” And will slip up. Then murder and mayhem will ensue.

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