'The Bye Bye Man' Trailer: Attractive Young People Try Really Hard To Ignore Doug Jones

STX Entertainment has unveiled the latest trailer for The Bye Bye Man, a supernatural horror-thriller that has Doug Jones (Hellboy) playing a sinister force who's been responsible for unthinkable evil. The problem is that avoiding his grasp is easier said than done. As the attractive young heroes/victims keep advising each other, "Don't say it, don't think it." But of course, trying really hard to avoid thinking about something is a surefire way of making sure you keep thinking about it. Watch The Bye Bye Man trailer after the jump. 

The Bye Bye Man Trailer

Honestly, I'd forgotten until just now that this movie never actually came out. But hey, that's what trailers are for. Originally, it was slated to open in June 2016, but at some point STX quietly kicked it down the road to January 13, 2017. The first year of the month has a reputation as a dumping ground for terrible movies, but horror's often done really well that time of year. The first Cloverfield was a January movie, as was Mama. Maybe The Bye Bye Man will follow in that same mold.

... Or, you know, maybe not. The concept behind The Bye Bye Man isn't a bad one — and the film's got a great asset in Jones, who's made a career out of otherworldly movement — but the trailers have been kind of middling. There's not much here to distinguish The Bye Bye Man from any of the dozens of other mediocre horror flicks that come out every year. Hopefully they've got a few more interesting tricks up their sleeve.

The Bye Bye Man is directed by Stacy Title and stars Douglas SmithCarrie-Anne Moss, and Faye Dunaway.

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?

Debuting on Friday, January 13th, this film redefines the horror that iconic date represents—stretching our comprehension of the terror this day holds beyond our wildest nightmares.