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Norm Gidney

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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 No Score Yet 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 33% 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 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
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 78% 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 44% 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 67% 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 89% 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 94% 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
2/4 50% 4/20 Massacre (2018) What we have here is a serviceable movie with arid production design, moderate acting, and a script in need of focus. If you can get past those misgivings and make your way from one kill scne to the next, you might have a good time.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
1/4 14% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) Blumhouse's Truth Or Dare is the first great dumpster fire of 2018.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/4 95% A Quiet Place (2018) Unlike the milquetoast PG-13 horror of late, this one has a bite. It takes a bit of time to really get going, but with the inventive sound design, the remarkable performances, and the effective writing, this is something worth seeing.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
3/4 69% Prodigy (2018) The film has a lean cast and a very intimate feel.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2018
2/4 73% After Louie (2018) Even though the film has a plodding pace there are flashes of honesty and brilliance that make this film worth a passive look.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 27, 2018
3/4 100% Just Charlie (2018) While not perfect...a refreshing, original approach to material that could easily devolve into preachy, after-school special territory... a charming character piece that empathetically grapples with internal and external struggles we all have.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 26, 2018
3/4 50% Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies (2017) Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies is a hoot. It has exactly everything you need in a zombie movie. There is plenty of gore, a large cast of characters that the zombies can feast on, and a script, cast, and crew that knows its strengths.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
3/4 14% Josie (2018) Josie takes its Texas time meandering through the three-act structure that we've come to expect and the effect is actually an interesting thing to see happen in retrospect.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
3/4 44% Nails (2017) A familiar ghost story of sorts, screenwriters Bartok and Tom Abrams keep their heroine strong and give her enough vulnerability to be believable. ‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
2/4 20% Desolation (2018) If Desolation had just assumed that its audience needed less explanation while doling out the mystery, this could have been a savvy update. Instead, the film just comes off as contrived.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet Hell's Kitty (2018) Judging it strictly as a feature, the piece could have used some judicious trimming. The seams between episodes are noticeable and the collection of them never really coalesces to create a greater sum.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 12, 2018
1/4 No Score Yet The Terrible Two (2018) Choppy editing, poor acting, and a plot that cares not if the audience following along all join forces to make something remarkably bad called The Terrible Two.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
2/4 64% The Lullaby (2018) The Lullaby is a movie made up of disparate, but effective moments of cringe-worthy scenes filled with gore and the occasional story point...I was entertained with The Lullaby, no question. I just think that the storyline could have used more polish.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
2/4 55% The Lodgers (2018) The Lodgers, for all of its splendor, can't seem to rise above surface references to far more effective pieces like The Others or The Orphanage. We really do get a visual and aural feast. But it wasn't original enough to make me forget what influenced it.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2018
4/4 87% Annihilation (2018) I can say without hesitation that Annihilation is one of my favorite sci-fi/horror movies of the past decade. A mix of cerebral science and visceral horror.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
3/4 75% Mom and Dad (2018) Taylor writes and directs an efficient and endlessly entertaining action horror comedy that generates as many cringes as guffaws. The mechanics behind such a dark premise turning into a comedy are dicey, yet the balance is, for the most part, on point.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
2/4 14% Winchester (2018) This was a squandered opportunity...What could have been a crackling psychological horror pic ends up just being a serviceable haunted house pic.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2018
2/4 No Score Yet House of Salem (2016) House of Salem may not be the mix of House of the Devil and Don't Breathe that it aims to be but there are enough interesting ideas to make you sit up and take notice.‐ Film Threat
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018