I’ve never heard of The Bye Bye Man prior to seeing this film, so I entered the theater as the horror film buff I am – ready to write off anything new remotely coming close to frightening me. I hold a huge threshold for the fear factor that does not scare me easily. The moment I knew we had a new soul torturing boogeyman was when the lady two seats down from me abruptly jumped out of her seat grabbing the guy next to her. I lived through the shock of her chills and became prepared to allow “The Bye Bye Man” to get in my head.
Magic was ensued when husband and wife team Jonathan Penner (the writer) and Stacy Title (the director) came together to conjure up this supernatural horror film. “The Bye Bye Man” is based on a chapter called “The Bridge To Body Island” written in Robert Damon Schneck’s book “The President Vampire.”
How hard would it be to not utter or contemplate something disturbing that you witnessed in order to survive? “Don’t think it…don’t say it”…but it can sense you. You can feel it and you can see it haunting you out of your mind. What do you do and where do you go to get relief from the unspeakable? This is the vengeance that this “could be” classic silently screams to contemporary horror film fans, as well as us seasoned scary movie lovers.
The Newton Brothers (Andy Grush and Taylor Stewart), who are known for their evocative horror film/thriller scores, released yet another mind-blowing sonic brain twister that sounds like a possessed engine chasing after your sanity. It starts off slow, as the intensity heightens with the swivel of each scene.
In the midst of a vibrant cast featuring young thriving actors/actresses that exposed every inch of their inner-fears to perfection, an empress arises with her legendary chops. Faye Dunaway induces a dose of eerie energy to the compelling plot that gets immensely thicker over time. Any horror film that splices raging hormones, childhood friends and a spooky villain together is always an ageless collage of catastrophe.
Shadows, darkness and dim lit ambiance creates the mood that can sneak up on you when you least expect it, leaving the imagination to draw false conclusions. Natural motion with raw effects were creepier than mega-budget explosions. Striking make-up gave life to a horrific character that would become anyone’s worst nightmare.
It is so fitting that this modern day boogeyman is brought to life for the sanctuary of horror-maniacs on Friday the 13th. Say hello and dare to meet The Bye Bye Man released by STX Entertainment and playing now in theaters everywhere.
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