The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Quick bite: The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Three co-eds move to off-campus housing, where they’re stalked by an autonomous, malevolent thought that appears to them as a hooded vagrant. I can’t begin to express how much I love this concept. Unlike the monsters from similar movies—A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Candyman (1992)—the Bye Bye Man was never real in the sense of having once had material existence. And with the exception of a few ambiguous plot points, he doesn’t interact with the material world. He exists solely as an idea. But here’s where my enthusiasm for this movie goes bye-bye, because everything about it is so spectacularly bad. It’s watchable only through an act of will (which makes a perverse kind of Schopenhauerian logic that’s fitting for the subject matter). Carrie Anne Moss has an extended cameo, either because she owed someone a favor or because she really needed the money. Directed by Stacy Title.