Norman Gidney

Norman Gidney
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Norman J. Gidney is a Los Angeles-based film critic and writer. Founder of HorrorBuzz and writer for Film Threat, Norman grew up in Southern California learning to read by scouring the Calendar section of the Los Angeles Times and is an avid film fan with a special love for horror and genre films. His goal is to champion horror, queer cinema, and the independent filmmakers who sacrifice everything to tell their stories.
Publications: Film Threat, HorrorBuzz, MUSE TV

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
5/10 54% Bad Hair (2020) With a few trims here and there, Bad Hair could have been a savage satire of the 1980s. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
8/10 No Score Yet A Thousand Cuts (2020) While A Thousand Cuts focuses on the Philippines, it has a much broader scope in mind when driving home its point. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2020
8 100% La Llorona (2019) A genuinely original film steeped in magical realism and tinged with a message. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
8/10 100% Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020) Trans Lives on Screen not only leaves us with the hope that things will improve, but it also shows us how much better the industry is when everyone is included, represented, and respected. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
6/10 86% Impetigore (Perempuan Tanah Jahanam) (2020) In the end, we can still consider this a very promising note in Anwar's career. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
7 62% Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Riotously funny, fiendishly clever, and crackling with a creepy story of obsession. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7 72% Piercing (2019) Abbott and Wasikowska are both wonderful and fully capable of holding the film in their tight grip. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7 73% Lords of Chaos (2019) Honestly, I laughed as much as I gasped watching Lords of Chaos. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
5 No Score Yet Broken Ghost (2017) Broken Ghost isn't as interesting as it hopes to be, nor is it as clever. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7 100% Every Time I Die (2019) With just a singular location and five characters Michael and Katzir hurdle us into a mind-bending metaphysical thriller that is, truly, remarkable. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
8 93% Us (2019) US is a thrilling creation, a maniacal contraption, fiendishly clever and beautifully constructed. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
6 58% Pet Sematary (2019) Pet Sematary is a mechanically sound, if not entirely scary piece of storytelling. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
8 96% Hail Satan? (2019) Lane keeps her documentary light with an irreverent tone that very clearly understands the trolling that the Satanic Temple is engaging in. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) A very long time coming, The Curse of La Llorona, ultimately fails to entertain much less scare. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7 66% Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Body at Brighton Rock is a good film, that falls just shy of greatness. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
9 100% The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero) (2019) The characters live in a real-world of real circumstances, desires, and danger. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7 85% After Midnight (Something Else) (2020) A strange hybrid with noble intentions. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
6 57% Brightburn (2019) A predictable yet entertaining, gleefully bloody exploration of evil finding its way in the world. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
6 55% Ma (2019) Spencer is the reason to see this movie, no question. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
6 63% The Cleaning Lady (2018) Despite a few odd third act moments, however, The Cleaning Lady is a solid thriller. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4 39% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) The screenplay by Crispian Mills, Henry Fitzherbert, and Luke Passmore has a very difficult time keeping focus on its through-line, digressing into tangents and unfunny beats. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
6 63% Child's Play (2019) I had fun with the idea the film was pushing with mankind being the victim of its own evil ways but I wanted more. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4 59% Trespassers (2019) The characters, none of whom are the slightest bit relatable, much less likable, make decisions that boggle the mind and act out like petulant children. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
8 83% Crawl (2019) In short, CRAWL has bite. For the most part, everyone involved makes creative decisions that work, creating a white-knuckle thrill ride of a creature feature. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
8 63% It Chapter Two (2019) What is remarkable is the way Dauberman's script and Muschietti's direction take a celebrated 1000+page novel that contains multiple points of view, various timelines, and occasional controversial scenes and they turn it into a coherent narrative. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7 70% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) How do we react and what does that say about us as people and society in general? Some retaliate with hatred and violence. Others respond with fascination. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7 96% Harpoon (2019) This is a cruel story of people of adrift at sea with no moral compass and I loved it. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
6 100% We Summon the Darkness (2019) There is a lot to like here. However, without the energy and consistent pacing to keep us engaged, the movie flounders in points and races to others. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7 72% Gwen (2019) This is slow burn horror done right. When the plot isn't occupying our attention, we are treated to foreboding atmospherics that reinforces the mood. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
6 100% Dementer (2019) Dementer takes a satisfyingly dark turn that will redeem most of its minor flaws that pepper the runtime. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7 77% Doctor Sleep (2019) The script, from the original novel by King, is an admirable adaptation marking another win for Flanagan. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
9 94% In Fabric (2019) Simply put, IN FABRIC is one of the best horror films of the year because of its vision, its absurdity, and because it taps into a realm that few films get right. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
4 39% Black Christmas (2019) Wrong-headed is an understatement in this new approach to the material and we are taken for a third act ride that is equal parts baffling and preposterous. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2020
7 100% Relic (2020) With a slow-burn approach, Relic explores the connection between three generations of women in the face of the painful, often frightening prospect of aging, and dementia. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
8 100% His House (2020) With truly haunting imagery, Weekes masterfully balances humor, horror, and magical realism to tell a story of the growing fears of the refugee. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2020
6 100% Eat, Brains, Love (2019) The blood flows freely, the jokes fly for the most part, and the pic never sits still long enough to become dull. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
6 100% Big Fur (2019) Wayne uses a light touch and a humorous tone to cover his subjects and, to his credit, everyone is given the dignity and respect that they deserve, yet I wanted more. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
7 77% Amulet (2020) The film, written and directed by Romola Garai, has a lot going for it. Garai has a very clear sense of story and tone. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
9 92% Possessor (2020) In just his second feature, Brandon Cronenberg has delivered the first great sci-fi horror movie of the decade with POSSESSOR. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2020
5 54% Bad Hair (2020) In the end, though, all the en-pointe nuances in the world can't salvage a weighty script. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
8/10 94% The 40-Year-Old Version (2020) In every scene, Blank's work shines as a writer, a director and as an actor. Her relentless charisma and authenticity tinged with wit carry every scene of the film, making it a joy to witness. This is the arrival of a talented voice in indie film. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2020
8/10 100% Mucho Mucho Amor (2020) [T]he film is a joy from beginning to end. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2020
9/10 100% Crip Camp (2020) A cheer-inducing triumph of humanity. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2020
9/10 100% Man Made (2018) Man Made is a beautifully well-rounded documentary that treats its subject with understanding, compassion, and acceptance. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2019
6/10 70% Cubby (2019) ...this is not to say that Cubby is a bad film. It is quite a frothy mix of childish innocence and magical realism. It's just nothing of major consequence. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 11, 2019
9/10 89% The Painted Bird (2020) Hardly any of The Painted Bird is what you would call pleasant. It is often a difficult watch at times but is a consistently engaging one. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
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 97% 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