A Horror thriller film based on the chapter ‘The Bridge to Body Island’ in Robert Damon Schneck’s book The President’s Vampire. The film recounts a series of terrifying events experienced by three Wisconsin college students,
People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we’re asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what…but who?
The film begins with an incident occuring sometime in the 1960s there was an instance of mass murder in which a man goes on killing people on his block murmuring if anyone spoke about the ‘name’ which cannot be said. Whose name he referred to was not clear, but only thing he repeatedly said was “Don’t say it, don’t think it.”
He is cursed.
There are numerous spooky moments in the film beginning with recurring visuals in parts, of a bogey train passing through a tunnel with rags and some cut off parts of human body. This itself is scary and mysterious.
The story takes a leap to present day where three young students, Elliot and his girlfriend Sasha and his best friend John move into an off-campus house not far from their college. Elliot finds a coin and stashes it in a drawer, but finds it strange of its changed places where it was supposedly kept.
Sasha develops a strange cough, Elliot finds the coin somewhere outside inspite of keeping in the nightstand drawer itself.
Elliot puts the coin back in the drawer, and this time he realises something written inside it ‘don’t think it, don’t say it’ on the paper and below it he finds the forbidden name – The Bye Bye Man.
These incidents observed by Kim (John’s date that evening), who is sensitive to sniff out mystic and the occult warns the trio of something horrific is coming their way.
Kim is killed being struck by a train, while Elliot trying to stop her running towards the train. Instead Elliot is suspected guilty of him being involved in this girl’s suicide.
Here onwards the college students suffer from hallucinations which could lead to killing one another. While Elliot is forced to reveal the sequence of events leading to Kim’s suicide, he is forced to reveal the forbidden name.
The Bye Bye Man redefines the horror with representing incidents of that iconic date and stretching our comprehension of the terror this day holds beyond our wildest nightmares.
These three friends discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it.
A chilling horror-thriller that exposes the evil behind the most unspeakable acts committed by man.
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Douglas Smith as Elliot
Lucien Laviscount as John
Cressida Bonas as Sasha
Doug Jones as The Bye Bye Man
Carrie-Anne Moss as Detective Shaw
Faye Dunaway as Widow Redmon
Michael Trucco as Virgil
Cleo King as Mrs. Watkins
Jenna Knell as Kim
Erica Tremblay as Alice
Leigh Whannell as Larry
Directed by Stacy Title
Produced by Simon Horsman, Trevor Macy, Jeffrey Soros, Seth William Meier, Melinda Nishioka
Written by Jonathan Penner
Based on the short story ‘The Bridge to Body Island’ by Robert Damon Schneck
Music by The Newton Brothers
Cinematography – James Kniest
Edited by Ken Blackwell
Production companies – Huayi Brothers Pictures, Intrepid Pictures, Los Angeles Media Fund
The Bye Bye Man, movie review