The Bye Bye Man

Overwrought horror flick in which a college student (Douglas Smith), his live-in girlfriend (Cressida Bonas) and his best pal since childhood (Lucien Laviscount) rent a spooky house together where they are plagued by the malevolent specter of the title (Doug Jones). His main trick is to cause hallucinations setting each member of the trio against the others with potentially fatal results. In adapting a chapter from Robert Damon Schneck’s book, The President’s Vampire, director Stacy Title goes easy on the gore. But the ensemble’s whining about their collective plight makes this inept film more tiresome than terrifying.

Watch out for: Considerable violence with some gore, brief rear nudity, a discreet bedroom scene, implied casual sex, cohabitation, about a half-dozen uses each of profanity and crude language, sexual references and banter.

Rated: A-III, adults. MPAA: PG-13

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