Movie Review – Sinphony: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology (2022)
Sinphony: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology is a cacophony of stories rather than a cohesive anthology. The nine stories range from fairly good to terrible with, unfortunately, most falling into the latter camp.
Most anthologies have a frame narrative that acts as its own short story, framing the rest of the shorts. Sinphony take a different approach and bookends its stories. There isn’t so much a throughline or frame narrative, but a nursery rhyme permeates all the shorts. The musical composition is different in each segment borrowing from various genres of music. “Do Us Part” has the best arrangement; it’s like a love song out of the 1950s akin to Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine).
The overall connections between the shorts are razor thin, and Symphony of Horrors tries to tie it all together but fails to connect anything concretely. There are essentially three characters and a couple of props that connect these stories together. For example, Sinphony is the midwife/nurse at the beginning of the movie and the demon at the end, the boy with her is from “The Keeper”, and the book of runes he has is found in “Limited Edition.” He’s also responsible for making the killer’s mask in “Mother Love.”
I’m sure there are other elements that tie these stories together which might be more fun to look for than the actual shorts; however, to examine them fully would mean watching this movie more than once, which is something I don’t recommend.
“The Keeper” is the strongest installment, providing a straightforward narrative. Conversely, “Ear Worm” might be the worst, telling a story that doesn’t really come together with a puzzling ending. Stories like “Mother Love”, “Do Us Part”, and “Tabitha” all have interesting ideas but the execution leaves much to be desired.
Sinphony: A Clubhouse Horror Anthology is in theaters and on VOD/Digital Platforms October 21,2022.
Big Comic Page was provided a review copy of Sinphony for this review.
The writer of this piece is: Laurence Almalvez
Laurence tweets from @IL1511
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