Norm Gidney

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

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/10 No Score Yet Beloved Beast (2019) Glacial pacing and a singular rhythm stamp the life out of this moderately entertaining yarn. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
7/10 67% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) This is innocuous, pop entertainment and, taken on those grounds, it does the job just fine. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2019
7/10 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019) Not perfect, but a joy to watch, The Garden Left Behind is a melancholy but strangely optimistic look at the struggles that some in the Trans community face every single day. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
8/10 100% Snatchers (2019) This is a fun, crazy, sci-fi-horror-gore-comedy that delivers a healthy little message and still manages to be a silly bit of fun. I really can't wait to see what Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman, & Scott Yacyshyn do next. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2019
6/10 50% Devil's Path (2019) Issues aside, Devil's Path is a very earnest attempt at merging queer horror with horror in general, and this is a great step in the right direction, even if there is a killer on the loose. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2019
7/10 72% Piercing (2019) Darkly comic, disturbing, and fun, Piercing is a vulgar little thriller that is one you watch without the one you love. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2019
7/10 61% St. Agatha (2019) St. Agatha is a fine thriller that is much better than you will expect it to be. Bousman guides a coherent and nimble narrative to shocking and satisfying builds. HIs cast is solid, and his crew is on point. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
2/10 7% The Amityville Murders (2019) In the end, what's left is yet another bad Amityville movie that fails to entertain or scare. Still, the house does look scary. Maybe if they try one more time... - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Umbilical World (2018) Surrealism, exquisite sound design, body horror, beautiful animation, and images that will haunt you in your darkest hours... - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
7/10 86% The Hole in the Ground (2019) The Hole in the Ground plays with the known legends and applied them to modern, everyday life. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
7/10 70% Paradise Hills (2019) Limited only by experience and budget, and imbued with spectacular creativity, Paradise Hills is a resort I think I will return to. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
7/10 93% Raise Hell: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins (2019) To this reviewer, I'd say we need Molly's presence now more than ever, or at least her attitude. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
7/10 96% Clemency (2019) Clemency is a staggering achievement in its portrayal of a story that we often ignore out of simple spite or ignorance that humanizes all angles with compassion. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
7/10 83% Before You Know It (2019) As it stands now Before You Know It comes off as pharmaceutical-grade Hallmark Channel, which means that Utt and Tullock take the same familiar elements and end up finding some absolutely hilarious scenes that remind us why we love the movies. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
9/10 86% The Nightingale (2019) Jennifer Kent continues to be a fiercely original, very brave filmmaker who demands to be respected. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
7/10 88% Hala (2019) Hala is a breath of fresh air that reminds us that as long as we live authentically, with compassion and understanding, the world around us is far easier to deal with. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2019
7/10 93% Little Monsters (2019) Monsters was a slapstick, tongue-in-cheek, zombie comedy that fulfilled all of its obligations and then some. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2019
8/10 54% Wounds (2019) Hammer's performance is unhinged, insane, and totally relatable. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
7/10 86% The Sharks (Los tiburones) (2019) Garibaldi's The Sharks is a breezy drama lead by a strong performance, one that should be noticed. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2019
7/10 88% Ms. Purple (2019) Ms. Purple was an honest love note to the flawed amalgamation of dreams and nightmares that Angelenos call home. It is also another promising piece from Chon that has us on notice. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
5/10 79% The Lodge (2019) As a bitter commentary on family, truth, trust, and above all, the religion, The Lodge is a serviceable mood piece that ends up leaving you feeling cold, and not in a good way. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
7/10 86% Sister Aimee (2019) I think that it is safe to say that Sister Aimee could easily find an audience similar to that of Little Miss Sunshine, Nurse Betty, or Juno. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
6/10 81% Memory: The Origins of Alien (2019) Alexandre O. Philippe is a fine filmmaker and documentarian. Memory - The Origins of Alien, however, is a bit of a class on story structure and theory. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet Cannibals and Carpet Fitters (2018) We know how this will all pan out, but we are in it for the gore and laughs. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
6/10 37% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
7/10 86% 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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
7/10 76% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Between the Darkness (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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
4/10 80% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2018
7/10 71% Lasso (2018) Evan Cecil knows what he is doing here. - Film Threat EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2018
6/10 66% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2018
8/10 76% 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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
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 EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018