Don’t say it. Don’t think it. Don’t think it. Don’t say it.
The movie begins with a mass shooting that happened in a quiet neighborhood in 1969; Larry was very upset about people saying a name. Then moves forward to present day, turning into another teen horror movie, and I thought I was going to be bored. But the miraculous happened, it wasn’t like a normal teen horror, it was great.
As with any movie there are things I see, and think, come on, that’s not how it works. The “sensitive,” Kim, smudges the house, then performs a séance…um…OK…I’ll forgive that and move along.
Elliot, who’d read the drawer liner then drawer bottom, blurts the name during the séance, and the strangeness begins. Of course, now I look at the things that go unanswered after the film is over. Why is Sasha getting sick? Even in the flashback with Elliot speaking to Larry’s wife, it goes unanswered as does the train and coins.
I’m still not sure if the house belonged to Larry or if it was just the nightstand that was the key. Speaking of the nightstand, did the landlord act strangely when Sasha asked about it or was it just me? It felt like he knew more about it than he was willing to say. The last thing that was a big question mark for me was the video John watched in class; I get it, it was the Bye Bye Man and his dog, but was there a reason? It was never brought up again.
I like how the Bye Bye Man uses illusions to get them to kill people, he’s like the new Freddy Krueger, and I’m hoping there are several more Bye Bye Man movies in the future; maybe, I’ll get some of my questions answered. I guess I could add Robert Damon Schneck’s book, The President’s Vampire: Strange-but-True Tales of the United States of America, to my reading list.
I enjoyed The Bye Bye Man so much, I’m giving it 5 out of 5 Stars, even with all the unanswered questions about the mythos.