Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Ruth Negga, and five others received their first-ever acting nominations for 2017. While these actors are new to the Academy Awards, you may recognize them from their earlier work.
When three college students move into an old house off campus, they unwittingly unleash a supernatural entity known as The Bye Bye Man, who comes to prey upon them once they discover his name. The friends must try to save each other, all the while keeping The Bye Bye Man's existence a secret to save others from the same deadly fate. Written by
Don't miss the point: it's not a straight-up horror flick
Most people are missing the point of Bye Bye Man: it's not really a horror flick. It's a self-aware parody of horror flicks. The evidence:
The three main actors playing the college kids who move into the creepy old house give some of the worst performances possible, and especially Leigh Whannell as the reporter who was only doing his job, but perhaps dug too deep and learned the name of Bye Bye Man. Even the title is a clue to the movie's self-awareness: it's The Bye Bye Man, not Bye Bye Man. C'mon, man!
None of it makes any sense. Three college kids try to fight insanity together in a house that's either haunted or has a really bad mojo to it. As a fellow movie-goer yelled: "Move that damn coat!" Watch out for coins that drop at inopportune times, a laughably-bad CGI blood dog, and the Bye Bye Man himself, who might be a mute cousin of the Emperor Palpatine.
What's the biggest enemy? It's a nightstand. The nightstand has the name what you should not think, nor say. Don't say it, don't think it, don't think it, and don't say it. Even the brief amount of time spent at college is devoted to a lesson in epistemology. What is real, and what is nothing more than what we perceive as real?
Add further Carrie-Ann Moss, who I'm sure is fully aware anytime she appears we think Matrix, perhaps the ultimate movie about reality vs. unreality. We even get a cameo by Faye Dunaway flashing a little Mommie Dearest, only short a few wire hangers.
If you're not convinced yet, it's because you're of two minds. One is telling you this is a horror flick, and another is convinced everyone is in on a big joke but you missed out and now you'll have to see The Bye Bye Man again. Aloha means hello and goodbye.
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