The Bye Bye Man Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Bye Bye Man by The Newton Brothers.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 84.1
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 16.8
Album Excellence: 21.8%
The Bye Bye Man is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Stacy Title and starring Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount & Cressida Bonas. 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? 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? The score is composed by The Newton Brothers.
Don’t think it, don’t say it is apparently the magic sentence in this movie which seems to be a cross between Candyman and Slenderman. This doesn’t appeal to me personally, but The Newton Brothers is now associated with horror, at least for me. I must admit I haven’t heard a truly amazing horror score from them yet and I wonder if this is it. The score opens as it should with ‘Don’t Think It Don’t Say It’, a gritty repetitive mix of electronics and a lot of ambience. Ok, this one put me in a good mood for horror. It’s not scary, but it’s an interesting opening cue that has me curious. There’s a theme in here that reminds me a bit of John Carpenter’s Halloween. The Newton Brothers have established a mood right away and that’s good. It’s thematic ambient horror, and it’s really good. ‘Mr. Daisy’s House’ is more of the same, but I like the thematic material. The synths sounds a bit retro a well which is a plus.
Many horror scores goes straight for the jugular by providing scares from the start. This is a slow burner giving you impressions of horror, and filling the mood quite well, but for quite some time it seems to fill the time with joyous short thematic pieces before turning the tables and finally getting to the scares around ‘Two Coins’. How are the scares like? Well, like most horror scores, they require a bit of dedication. If I can’t truly concentrate on a horror score, it may get lost on me, but if I do, then I can feel the fear. I do feel the fear here as well, but not quite goose bump material, just a little bit on the surface. It’s a good horror score, perhaps the best I’ve heard from The Newton Brothers. I still think there could be a lot of improvements, but I also think that this is probably more than good enough for the film.
1. Don’t Think It Don’t Say It
2. Mr. Daisy’s House
3. In The Basement
5. Elliot & Sasha
17. Losing Track Of Time
19. He’s Coming For Me
28. Seeing Things