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Review: ‘Summoning Sylvia’ is a solid horror film by Wesley Taylor and Alex Wyse

“Summoning Sylvia” is an alluring new horror film by Wesley Taylor and Alex Wyse (the co-creators of “Indoor Boys”).

Emmy nominee Veanne Cox in 'Summoning Sylvia'
Emmy nominee Veanne Cox in 'Summoning Sylvia.' Photo Courtesy of The Horror Collective
Emmy nominee Veanne Cox in 'Summoning Sylvia.' Photo Courtesy of The Horror Collective

“Summoning Sylvia” is an alluring new horror film by Wesley Taylor and Alex Wyse (the co-creators of “Indoor Boys”). It is filled with laughs and many surprises.

The movie was released in theaters nationwide on March 31, 2023 and it is available on cable VOD and Digital HD on April 7, 2023.

“Summoning Sylvia” was written and directed by Wesley Taylor and Alex Wyse. This romp tells the story of a gay bachelor party that takes a spooky turn when sinister spirits are suddenly summoned.

Larry has been kidnapped by his three best friends for a bachelor weekend getaway at a haunted house. As they walk through the dusty corridors, the comrades recount the house’s legend from a hundred years ago: a murderous woman named  Sylvia slaughtered her son and buried him beneath the house’s floorboards.

Then, Larry remembers that he was supposed to spend the weekend bonding with Harrison, his mysterious future brother-in-law. Horrified at his oversight, Larry invites the army-uniformed Harrison to join his vacation neglecting to run it by his friends.

Later, as they hold a high-spirited séance to summon the sinister Sylvia (Veanne Cox), the group ends up welcoming more houseguests than they bargained for. The audience ought to buckle up since they will be in for quite the ride.

Everybody in the cast brings something unique to the table. It features such a actors as Travis Coles, Michael Urie, Frankie Grande (Ariana Grande’s brother), Nicholas Logan, Troy Iwata, Noah Ricketts, Sean Grandillo, Camden Garcia, and Emmy nominee Veanne Cox, who delivers a commanding and controlled performance as the titular specter. The plot will keep the audience engaged.

It has a retro vibe to it, that will resonate with fans of haunted house movies, but it also manages to stay fresh and relevant at the same time. It encompasses elements of horror, mystery, suspense, and comedy, all in one. Screenwriters Alex Wyse and Wesley Taylor include some satire in there, which is an added treat for viewers.

The Verdict

Overall, “Summoning Sylvia” was entertaining and a great deal of fun. It is vivacious, flamboyant, and will help provide escapism for viewers; moreover, several parts of it are quite emotional too. This film garners four out of five stars.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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