The Bye Bye Man (2017) - Routine horror thriller from STX Entertainment and director Stacy Title, based on the novel The Bridge to Body Island by Robert Damon Schneck. College student Elliot (Douglas Smith), his girlfriend Sasha (Cressida Bonas), and his best friend since childhood John (Lucien Laviscount) rent a large, dilapidated house. Elliot discovers an end-table with some writing inside: "The Bye Bye Man". When he mentions this name aloud during a seance conducted by psychic friend Kim (Jenna Kanell), he unknowingly curses all four of them to death at the hands of The Bye Bye Man, a sort of ill-defined supernatural boogie man that causes anyone that hears his name to suffer gruesome hallucinations. Now Elliot and his friends must fight to survive until they can find a way to stop this unholy menace. Also featuring Carrie-Anne Moss, Michael Trucco, Erica Tremblay, Marisa Echevveria, Cleo King, Leigh Whannell, Doug Jones as the Bye Bye Man, and Faye Dunaway.
One would be forgiven for assuming that this was another Blumhouse production, what with the presence of Whannell and the film's attempt to create a new distinct-look bad guy, as in Insidious, Sinister, The Conjuring or any of their sequels. However, I guess we've reached the point where that company's product is being copied, which is strange since all of their films seem like rehashes anyway. The opening segment is eerie, and there are some creepy moments early on, but this runs out of steam really quickly and becomes a bore despite the increasing violence. By the time Moss shows up as a perplexed cop, or Dunaway in a pointless exposition cameo, I was long past caring about anything in the movie. 4/10
Source: Universal DVD.