First things first, let’s get it out of the way – “The Bye Bye Man” is an absolutely ludicrous title for a horror movie.
So who is the Bye Bye Man and what does he want? That’s neither nor t, but if you so much as utter his name, your worst, most paranoid violent fantasies seemingly become real.
In a prologue set in 1969, we see what senseless violence the Bye Bye Man can inspire.
“The Bye Bye Man” is cheesy, but it feels knowingly cheesy, with a heavy dose of wink-wink, nudge-nudge from the filmmakers.
Even the somewhat terrible performances and breathless, repeated utterances of “Bye Bye Man!” seem to be a part of the film’s self-referential approach.
The most suspense comes from the few scenes in which an authority figure, such as a detective played by Carrie-Anne Moss, or a loved one, beseeches Elliot – who released the Bye Bye Man – to tell them what’s going on.
Ultimately, the moral is one that’s as old as Franklin Delano Roosevelt: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Who or what is the Bye Bye Man? He’s your worst fears, coalesced and congealed into a Voldemort, another villain who could never be named.
So despite any titular trepidation, t is fun to be had and even some cultural relevancy if you decide to say hi to “The Bye Bye Man.”.