We laughed when Ray thought of Stay Puft as the Earth’s destroyer in Ghostbusters. But what if he thought of something even more menacing, like Freddy Krueger?
This is the set up of STX’s The Bye Bye Man, in theaters Friday the 13th, January 2017. The selling point is that once you say his name, or even think it, he’ll come for you. His name gives him power. Every trailer, TV spot and piece of footage has reiterated this. But most of all, these four clips hammer it come.
In one clip, we see why the Bye Bye Man is hanging out in a library – one of the kids is attempting to erase his name; but it doesn’t matter, he’s already been called. Another shows a seance in which the rules are reiterated, and the same stupid ass kid says his name, which results in, well, you get it. There’s two more that stabilize tis idea even more, but mostly they’re actually pretty entertaining clips…
The Bye Bye Man recounts a series of terrifying events experienced by three Wisconsin college students, played by Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas and Lucien Laviscount. Michael Trucco plays the brother of one the students, whose mind has been invaded by the unstoppable Bye Bye Man (Doug Jones).
“Set in 1990s Wisconsin, 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.”
The Bye Bye Man also stars Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway.
Stacy Title directed from Jonathan Penner’s script, based on Robert Damon Schneck’s short story “The Bridge to Body Island.” Trevor Macy produced for Intrepid, and Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman produced for Los Angeles Media Fund.