Don’t even consider saying hello to The Bye Bye Man. Though based on a 2005 short story from a purportedly “non-fiction” anthology by Robert Damon Schneck, the movie comes off more like director Stacy Title (points for a rare horror film directed by a woman) and writer Jonathan Penner saw It Follows and said, “We can do that.”
But they cannot. Three pals (Douglas Smith from “Big Love,” Lucien Laviscount and Cressida Bonas) run afoul of a supernatural killer (Doug Jones) with a silly name and a sillier hellhound. (Why a hellhound? Why not a hellhound?) The Bye Bye Man does offer a few cool “Did you see him?” shots of the titular scary guy, but is utterly scareless. Don’t think it, and definitely don’t say it when you get to the theater.
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