Horror films are either a hit or miss, especially now because of the scrutiny that comes with it. Films like “The Conjuring” and “Insidious” have grossed high within the box office due to appeal and the positive take viewers have after watching the film, while other films have plummeted when it came to grossing numbers. In order to have a high grossing horror movie there must be an ornate sense of originality as well as bold and strong antagonists that instill pure terror into the movie viewers.
“The Bye Bye Man” had a promising sense of these elements within the trailer, but that sense was broken as soon as the film was released in theaters. The setting includes three college students that implement the underlying issues they hold toward each other, which become deadly due to the antagonist,” The Bye Bye Man.”
The antagonist in the trailers contained elements that excited me; it looked like a new story plot that would truly be spine chilling. After watching the film I was seriously disproven. “The Bye Bye Man” himself only made a few appearances that didn’t last more than a minute and the depth behind the character was lacking. It was a feeble attempt at combining horror elements seen in films like “Sinister” and “The Boogeyman.”
Antagonists within horror firms often have a trivial pivot point to let the audience understand their origin, but there was nothing like that in this film. The whole presence was vague and lacked originality when it came to the jump scares. There was also a lack of depth within the characters, which was practically non-existent. The constant predicting of everything that would happen was also a throw off.