“The Bye Bye Man” misses its opportunity to create a truly frightening monster.
What makes a great movie monster? “The Bye Bye Man” thinks it’s a villain that combines the ghoulish look of Lord Voldemort, the haunting presence of “Candy Man”, and the ability to create psychological terror a la Freddy Krueger. Unfortunately, those pieces don’t make for much of a whole here. Thus, this first-out-of-the gate horror movie for 2017 is mostly derivative and a great disappointment.