Director: Stacy Title
Writers: Jonathan Penner (screenplay), Robert Damon Schneck (based on “The Bridge to Body Island” by)
Stars: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas
Plot: Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind unspeakable acts.
Running Time: 1 hour 37 minutes
Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 23% Audience 23%
Why I Watched it: It’s a horror film, I know I need higher standards.
Random Thoughts: So this is a horror film that’s not a remake or sequel but one that looks like wants to start a new franchise. I went it not expecting a lot, it’s low budget but it did get a theatrical release so that’s something. One little thing here trivia if you will the actor who plays the reporter, I guess the one who starts it all is played by Leigh Whannell, he’s an actor but also the writer of Saw and all the Insidious films.
What I liked: Sadly not a lot, I will give them credit they tried to do a new character, tried to build a mythology for a new franchise.
There was a couple of decent jump scares and there was some decent atmosphere. It was fun to see Faye Dunaway slumming it here but she’s over the top good, she gave the film some energy. I will say this the flashbacks with the reporter played by Leigh Whannell and how this got started it was pretty well done and disturbing, it had tension, I kind of wished they did that story and not thrown in the present day with of course teenagers. The origin story is better thought out that what they did in present day.
What I didn’t Like: I’m not sure if this was lazy film making or a film that wasn’t thought out very well or it could have been a horror film made by people who don’t know horror films that well. I say that cause they just went with cliches, they had no nuance about the genre in general. Who’s the Bye Bye Man, where did he come from, how did he get this power, where’s the hook here? Look at any famous monster, or slasher and you have a backstory or a gimmick here they throw don’t think it don’t say it at us time and time again. So is it alright to just think it? Don’t know this is the main problem with the film it doesn’t give us a backstory or rules, the Bye Bye Man isn’t scary cause we don’t know who or what he is, and what’s with the dog/beast thing that travels with him. Nothing they gave us nothing. We find out about the first victim, we know he went mad we know his story, how can we stop something we know nothing about, don’t think it don’t say it isn’t that helpful.
There’s two big problems with the film the script and there’s the acting, the three leads are not great,the acting is sub par and there’s no characters there, three friends 2 guys a girl, two are in a relationship, that’s pretty much all we get. They don’t have chemistry, the three don’t have any charisma we don’t care about them. The film makes the huge mistake of not giving us either a great monster or people we care about, we need to care if they die. Also this has no memorable kills, the gore is PG-13. Bottom line this is a boring horror film and it should have been at least ten minutes shorter.
Final thoughts: As a horror fan I walked away empty on this one, I thought we might get a new player in the slasher genre but sadly the Bye Bye Man is no Candy Man not even close. It’s not unwatchable just boring and very cliched.