– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This year may very well be one of the best for the horror genre in recent memory. In 2016 alone, we had The Conjuring 2, Lights Out, The Blair WitchDon’t Breathe, and 10 Cloverfield Lane. Okay, admittedly the last two aren’t technically horror films (they may be more low-key thrillers), but seeing as they were heavily advertised as such, I don’t think it’s unfair to lump them into the category. This steady stream of decent horror flicks has definitely done a lot to help me become more open to the genre, which I’d never been too crazy about due to its tired jump-scare tropes.

Hollywood seems to have figured out that in order to truly excel in horror, the focus needs to be on the creepy idea more than snazzy filmmaking and audio design techniques. Does this mean that every film will be a home run? Of course not, but it doesn’t hurt to dream. The latest in the landscape of horror comes in the form of The Bye Bye Man, a film that stars Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway, and is based on the short story “The Bridge to Body” From author Robert Damon Schneck. 

Check out the new trailer below.

Below is the official synopsis:

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?

From the producer of Oculus and The Strangers comes The Bye Bye Man, a chilling horror-thriller that exposes the evil behind the most unspeakable acts committed by man. When three college friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, they discover that there is only one way to avoid his curse: don’t think it, don’t say it. But once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. Is there a way to survive his possession?

Going into this, I was intrigued by its premise. However, on the whole, I don’t think the trailer does it any favors. While the potential is there for this to be a decent film, I feel as though this one may fall victim to the many horror tropes I’ve grown to dislike. Plus, in many ways, this movie almost feels like a tamer Freddy Krueger picture, and if you have a virtually immortal character who haunts you for knowing of its existence, there really doesn’t seem like much room for victory here.

But that’s what I think. What about you? Does this trailer stand out to you in any way? Let us know in the comments down below!

The Bye Bye Man hits theaters on December 9, 2016.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.