The unfortunately titled The Bye Bye Man is a horror you can miss

This urban legend with a disfigured bogeyman is a tame horror

Title: The Bye Bye Man (NC16)

Starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones Directed by Stacy Title

The eponymous supernatural entity of The Bye Bye Man gets inside humans’ minds to compel them to commit unspeakable acts of evil. “Don’t think it, don’t say it” is the mantra for avoiding the Bye Bye Man’s curse. “Don’t watch it” is our advise against this laughably feeble horror based a chapter in Robert Damon Schneck’s book The President’s Vampire, in which three collage mates newly moved into a creepy house stumble upon the bogyman’s horrific origins. One (Douglas Smith) becomes paranoid. His girlfriend (Cressida Bonas) develops a fever. The third guy (Lucien Laviscount) isn’t any more interesting. In the title role meanwhile is Doug Jones, wearing a hood and his habitual ghoulish makeup that similarly rendered him unrecognisable as Abe Sapien in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy fantasies and the Faun in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006). 2/5


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