Michael Gingold

Michael Gingold
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
90% The Green Knight (2021) Lowery laces his movie with imagery both beautiful and horrific, all of it rapturously filmed, while bringing his own sensibilities to the familiar milieu. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2021
91% Fear Street Part Three: 1666 (2021) The revelations are smartly ticked off amidst a scenario that also has plenty of room for scary stuff of its own. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
45% Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) It's largely a rehash of the previous sleeper hit, ignoring the potential suggested by its subtitle. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2021
49% The Forever Purge (2021) If only The Forever Purge really dug into its subject to come up with something beyond the usual talking points and by-now familiar action beats. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
82% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) [The filmmakers have] effectively married slasher tropes with the supernatural, allowing for a wide variety of scary setpieces. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2021
56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) There's the sense of too many trips to the well--or in this case, subterranean chambers, a morgue, a spooky prison, etc. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
80% Dementia Part II (2018) Voss really goes for broke, fully coloring in all the sides of her antagonist's madness and turning on a dime from funny to frightening. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
No Score Yet Funhouse (2021) There's some severe mixed messaging going on here. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) While it can't be the revelation its predecessor was, Part II very successfully expands on the 2018 hit, enriches its central characters and fully delivers the scares. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 24, 2021
68% Army Of The Dead (2021) Army of the Dead takes two and a half hours to tell about 60 or 70 minutes of story, which wouldn't be as great an issue if so much of it wasn't familiar. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Not the reinvention fans might have hoped for but a jumpstart, one that recaptures some of the dreadful pleasures of the early Saws without finding genuinely fresh directions. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 14, 2021
7% Separation (2021) The basic nature of Separation's supernatural evil isn't even clear in one seriously confused movie. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2021
65% Here Alone (2017) The film makes a virtue out of focusing on the people trying to survive a viral apocalypse rather than on those who have been transformed by it. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
83% The Power (2021) Writer/director Corinna Faith has found just the right historical setting to tell a horror story that merges classical haunting tropes with very up-to-date ideas. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
25% The Unholy (2021) It's the kind of movie where the camera does a slow zoom in to a statue of the Virgin Mary, and you just know it's going to start weeping blood. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Not all of the details of Godzilla vs. Kong hold together, but the big picture is mightily entertaining. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
67% The Arbors (2020) It's a carefully controlled, well-thought-out and finely crafted film that's being sold as a monster movie but is really a disquieting mood piece. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
64% Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break (2021) The filmmakers like Paul too much to take him to the place the story seems to want him to go, and the black-comic impact is blunted as a result. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
81% Offseason (2021) Further proof of Keating's ability to conjure up rich atmosphere and genuine creeps with quiet, understated skill. And a lot of fog. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
78% Son (2021) The movie keeps us tense, guessing and most of all concerned for Laura on her odyssey through a very bloody heartland. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2021
90% The Vigil (2021) With its compelling lead and a full embrace of its subject, THE VIGIL succeeds as both a scary movie and a drama of personal struggle. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2021
88% Violation (2021) The film's horrors lie in its honesty about the aftermath [of abuse] and what fantasies of retaliation might mean when put into practice. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
79% In The Earth (2021) It's best appreciated if you just strap in for the ride and don't ponder what it all means. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
76% Eight for Silver (2021) Sean Ellis' combination of [werewolf film] standards with his own take sustains Eight for Silver throughout its lengthy duration. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
93% Saint Maud (2020) It contains moments of both beauty and stark terror, the latter always remaining of a piece with Glass' humanistic approach. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
88% Censor (2021) The lines between screen and actual terror become blurred in ways that keep you guessing and intrigued, and don't strain to make a Statement. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
65% Wrong Turn (2021) Rather than the cannibalism of the '03 film, this Wrong Turn would like to offer food for thought, but the filmmakers can't quite pull it off. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
67% Curse of Aurore (2020) Aurore's specific backstory doesn't inform the present-day story in any meaningful way...and there isn't enough novelty to the horrific/supernatural ingredients to compensate. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
8% Grizzly II. Revenge (2020) Grizzly II was subtitled The Concert at one point, though its balance of those subjects is so lopsided, it suggests the movie should have been called The Concert II: Grizzly. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) SHADOW trades visceral plausibility for rousing exaggeration in its final act and pulls it off. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 4, 2021
45% Monster Hunter (2020) This is just supposed to be a mindless-fun monster bash, which would be fine except that the creatures aren't interesting either, or terribly original. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2020
No Score Yet ASYLUM: Twisted Horror and Fantasy Tales (2020) If the sum of the parts is greater than the whole...a high enough percentage of those parts are choice to put it in the win column. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
68% Kindred (2020) The horrors in Kindred are psychological, simmering under the surface for most of the running time, yet they hold your attention throughout. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
84% Freaky (2020) The true achievement of Freaky is that it incorporates its extra levels seamlessly into a raucously entertaining movie...that can be enjoyed by the hardest-core horror fan. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
47% Spell (2020) Subtlety is clearly not on the plate here...the film makes everything too obvious too early to generate honest tension or scares. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2020
48% The Craft: Legacy (2020) A frustrating near-miss, bearing so many good intentions that you wish the movie as a whole had more impact. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
70% The Empty Man (2020) Not at all the movie that its trailers are selling--and in this case, that's a good thing. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
93% Love and Monsters (2020) It's paced well and colorfully told, even as it doesn't bring many fresh ideas to the table. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2020
69% An Unquiet Grave (2020) It generates its chills simply, by presenting an unnatural and uncanny situation in very human terms. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 14, 2020
95% Frank & Zed (2020) It is entirely possible to truly admire the technical craft and effort that went into Frank & Zed while wishing that equal care had been taken with the script. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
85% Detention (2019) The fact that this is ultimately a human story first and a horror story second in no way diminishes its impact in the latter area. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2020
88% Run (2020) Newcomer Allen holds her own throughout Run. opposite the gifted Paulson, adding another calculating villain to her rogues' gallery. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
43% The Lie (2020) If, like this viewer, you realize that there's only one way this story can end...you'll likely feel that the bulk of The Lie is just marking time. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
71% Black Box (2020) Heady themes of scientific manipulation merge seamlessly with down-to-Earth concerns regarding family and responsibility, and Athie adroitly tackles his multifaceted role. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2020
94% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Abbott is just as skilled as suggesting the presence of another within Colin as Riseborough is at portraying the ways Tasya is losing her soul. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
92% Alone (2020) The filmmakers make simplicity a virtue in telling their elemental story, keeping everything on the right side of realistic. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
49% The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) It clearly strains to come up with a reasonable follow-up...and when all else fails, which is often, they throw in another vintage film reference or past top 10 hit. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
86% Come True (2021) Burns consistently does a lot with a little, as he delves into big ideas and increasingly unsettling territory. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2020
90% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) The true horror lies the way Bertino inexorably undercuts the safety nets we all traditionally rely upon, from family bonds to religion. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
45% Open 24 Hours (2018) Reynolds prioritizes shock moments over psychological acuity, and occasional implausibilities--like the roomiest gas-station bathroom you'll ever see--don't help. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020