Norm Gidney

Norm Gidney
Norm Gidney's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Film Threat

Movie Reviews Only

Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 No Score Yet The Harrowing (2018) There are literally no surprises here as the film leans heavy on convention while expecting that it may, somehow, surprise you. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
6/10 35% Glass (2019) It is safe to say that M. Night has safely redeemed himself after a rather spotty period in the 00's. Glass is not a perfect movie, but it is a consistently entertaining one. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
4/10 No Score Yet The Incantation (2018) The Incantation summons little more than Dean Cain chewing the scenery, Walko acting mysterious, and Valentine using every opportunity to make us hope she finds her end or learns a lesson. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
7/10 93% Lifechanger (2018) Lifechanger is not a flashy movie, though it does have some nice practical effects. The focus is on the story as it should be. The script doesn't skimp on the existential questions, yet it maintains an engaging pace...‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
7/10 78% Pledge (2019) Watching Pledge, I almost felt like I had found the loophole in the system and discovered that it doesn't take a big budget or a recognizable IP to sell a ticket. I was wholly entertained from the start to the finish.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2019
2/10 No Score Yet Santa Claus: Serial Rapist (2016) I must report that while made with the correct frame of mind, and a very irreverent and meta tone, Santa Claus: Serial Rapist takes the sleigh right off the rooftop and into a pile of coal.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet Astral (2018) Astral is a mediocre supernatural thriller at best. We have a script that really needed a few more things wrapped up paired with a thesis that is bluntly dismissed in favor of an easy conclusion.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Come, Said the Night (2018) It is a methodical film that dances back and forth between the real and imagined, the concrete and the unknown, and what it is to find your own place in the world despite where one has come from.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Straight Up: Kentucky Bourbon (2015) I can say that I learned a lot from Straight Up: Kentucky Bourbon but rarely engaged outside of my own personal love of Bourbon itself. There is a great story here that is grazed in favor of fastidious facts. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/10 83% Luciferina (2018) I wanted to love Luciferina because there was a real sense of craftsmanship to the proceedings yet the story arcs seemed to suffer at the expense of other elements. Oh well.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
2/10 No Score Yet Ugly Sweater Party (2018) Ugly Sweater Party has achieved the status of landing in my bottom 10 movies of the year. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Epic Home Haunts (2018) Epic Home Haunts aims to tell a grounded story of connection and communal fandom. It succeeds for the most part in documenting an oft-misunderstood sect of fandom.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Slay Belles (2018) Thankfully, Walker is a competent director whose work I can say I look forward to now. The energy is kept sky high, and the pace is fast, and you can tell Walker knows what a fun movie is.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
7/10 71% Lasso (2018) Evan Cecil knows what he is doing here.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet Return Of The Killer Shrews (2011) No, it wasn't all bad. Most of it was, but not all. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2018
4/10 33% The Rainbow Bridge Motel (2018) Our advice is to check Yelp before booking a stay at The Rainbow Bridge Motel.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
6/10 64% Suspiria (2018) The results are an overall better film that is painfully negligent of what made the original legendary, while still delivering an entertaining experience.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
6/10 79% Halloween (2018) It is an interesting, even admirable choice to wipe clean everything that we knew from Halloween 2 to Halloween Resurrection, ignoring Rob Zombie's painful remakes...yet this new Halloween misses most of the opportunities that this approach offers.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Epidemic (2018) The performances are adequate...what works here is not the story, which is reaching desperately for metaphor, [but] the make-up effects by Sara Poskonka and Steve Saturn. There are some beautifully disturbing moments.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2018
5/10 86% Bitter Melon (2018) There are scenes of utter brilliance and honesty, then clunky scenes of melodrama the next. The plot that exemplifies why we love independent cinema. We are off the rails where anything could happen and the story is at once cliché and bracingly original.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
6/10 32% The Predator (2018) The film is loud, improbable, manufactured within an inch of its life, and takes absolutely no real risks with the franchise. If you want action movie comfort food, This might be your movie. Otherwise go watch Annihilation again.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
6/10 26% The Nun (2018) The Nun is an acceptable, if not terrifying chapter into James Wan's The Conjuring universe.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
8/10 77% Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavres!) (2018) Let the Corpses Tan is a fiendishly clever, meticulously stylish, lean, comedic thriller. Its sole purpose is to grab you by the lapels and entertain the living hell out of you, boy does it.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2018
10/10 96% The Atomic Cafe (1982) As funny as it is frightening, The Atomic Cafe is a genius, tongue-in-cheek retrospective of a far less cynical time, and the lies that the government used at the time to justify their new power.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet Flora (2017) In Sasha Louis Vukovic's new thriller Flora, we see him turn the unexplored wilderness into an untamed beast with the help of a great setting, a compelling story, and serviceable acting.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet My Life with James Dean (Ma vie avec James Dean) (2018) My Life with James Dean is a traipsing treatise through the lives of charming characters longing for a little more. Relaxed, yet absorbing, the movie is a sweet-hearted distraction, nothing more, nothing less.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
1/10 No Score Yet Flay (2018) Everything culminates in strained dramatics and forced tension as the audience is sure to be scratching their heads in confusion.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2018
5/10 80% A.i. Tales (2018) There is such a delightful frustration to a good short film. With all of these pieces we want more. No question about it. However, keeping the weakest of the four pieces as the closer seems an odd choice. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2018
8/10 81% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) Things are kept gritty, small-scale, and honest. Emotions are raw, human and relatable in a way that the overblown World War Z could only dream of. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet Cute Little Buggers (2017) Work on that script next time guys, and trim anything that doesn't advance the plot or generate the reactions you are going for.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet Perfect Obedience (2018) My problem is that we are taken on the same journey with the same plot points and the same played out cycles of well-documented abuse of minors and we get no further insights on the matter. We are simply left with the same nauseous feeling.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet Ouija Séance: The Final Game (2018) Ouija Seance: The Final Game is a lazily written spooker featuring performances that range in quality and which are rarely engaging enough for us to care.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2018
5/10 71% The Lighthouse (2018) The psychological drama that plays out is a well-produced piece, clean and effective at times, yet it somehow lacks the inventiveness to transcend and become something far more.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet A Brilliant Monster (2018) On the plus side, this was a watchable movie by any definition. Engaging story of a man selling his soul for success by way of a nasty monster...‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
7/10 87% Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (2018) You can't deny talent, and Fiennes delivers a front row look at a force of nature that is raw and powerful.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
6/10 17% Living Among Us (2018) Living Among Us pulls off a serviceable vampire flick on a shoestring budget and it occasionally works. Total direct to VOD territory, but worth the background noise.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet Blood Feast (2017) I'm not exactly sure why the story was moved from the states to France. It's not that it brought much of anything new to the already shallow material.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
3/4 40% The Night of the Virgin (La noche del virgen) (2016) The Night of the Virgin is a madcap, gag-inducing horror comedy that delivers laughs, horror, and insanity in a neat, nasty little package.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
4/4 65% Downrange (2017) Simple, lean, and merciless, Downrange doesn't waste time with expository setup. You are there, in the moment, when things go south and the suspense only occasionally loosens its death grip on your psyche.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 29, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet House on Elm Lake (2017) It's clear that effort went into the making of Elm Lake. The blood and gore effects are acceptable, the story could have only used a few rewrites, and the cast is strong. Yet it's so close to being watchable that it's almost a crime that it falls short.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 24, 2018
3/4 70% Still/Born (2018) Still/Born is a genuinely original horror movie that gives a knowing glance to Rosemary's Baby and Gaslight while offering a disarming mix of humor and scares.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 21, 2018
3/4 No Score Yet Cartel 2045 (2018) Cartel 2045 never fully succeeds in what it is trying to do yet is still mildly entertaining, aiming for campy grindhouse absurdity without the wit or brevity.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 17, 2018
4/4 90% Lowlife (2018) Lowlife is one of the best films of the year so far. It has a script that is sharp as hell, great performances, and direction that leads the entire circus with a deft command.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 16, 2018
3/4 100% Call Her Ganda (2018) We have several very important issues all exploding at once here.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 9, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet Butcher the Bakers (2017) It's official. Butcher the Bakers is in the lead as the worst film I have seen in 2018.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 7, 2018
3/4 50% Gehenna: Where Death Lives (2016) This is one of those 'what the F is going on?' movies that make little sense as it plays out, yet is too much fun not to see through to the end.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
3/4 53% Bad Samaritan (2018) Bad Samaritan is good. It doesn't reach the dizzying heights of such thrillers as Silence of the Lambs, but it really doesn't seem like it intends to.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Followers (2018) If there is one thing I can say is, keep trying. There is definitely some green talent here with all involved. Keep working, keep trying.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet #Screamers (2018) #Screamers is entertaining enough, doesn't become too grating, yet it is truly hindered by its obvious constraints. What is here is good, no question, we just need more.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2018
4/4 95% The Endless (2018) Part of the delicious joy of watching this film is by allowing it to unfold. Benson's script, that he also co-directs with his real-life sibling, is a slow drip of confounding developments.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2018