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
6 49% Old (2021) OLD is ok - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
7 67% Woe (2020) To Goodhue's credit what is here is effective. The script coupled with Halferty's stand-out performance as Charlie is some fine work to behold. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2021
8 90% Ultrasound (2021) A marvelous mirror maze of storylines layered in a mystery that never cheats, confounding endlessly. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2021
7 86% Werewolves Within (2021) A horror-comedy gem featuring some of the best comic actors around. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
8 75% Agnes (2021) Things don't go as planned. in fact, nothing does in this perplexing psychological drama tinged with horror and a dash of comedy. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
8 96% The Amusement Park (2019) Heavy on allegory, light on dialogue, and weighty in a way that creates true horror. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
7 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) A third chapter in The Conjuring universe that delivers few real scares, while offering a fun who-dunnit in the process. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
7 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A rollicking summer blockbuster, executed with skill and calculated with maximum return in mind. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2021
6 69% Happily (2021) The elements that Grabinski was aiming for are there; Romance, Comedy, Unease and Mystery. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
8 82% The Spine of Night (2021) Timelines, technologies, and worlds blend to create a stoner's paradise of a world that demands submission. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
5 64% Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break (2021) A plodding, overly sweet comedy of errors - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
8/10 85% Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide (2021) This is the harrowing, heartbreaking, ultimately affirming story of Kenny Scharf, and I urge you to see it. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2021
6/10 100% Fire in the Mountains (2021) Fire in the Mountains is a heartfelt endeavor to connect moviegoers with the grander scope of the world. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2021
7 78% In The Earth (2021) The biggest success, however, is the balance of psychedelic mysticism and heady science that are melded with toe-curling scenes of gore and suspense. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
7 78% In The Earth (2021) The biggest success, however, is the balance of psychedelic mysticism and heady science that are melded with toe-curling scenes of gore and suspense. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
6 68% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) Director Rodney Ascher presents a litany of theoretical interviews that are both entertaining and chilling. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
8 88% Coming Home in the Dark (2021) A much smarter suspense thriller than we are used to that catches all of the moments just right. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
7 76% Eight for Silver (2021) A perfectly beautiful, overlong overture to one of the icons of horror cinema. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
8 88% Violation (2021) This is a horror film for those who know the utility of the genre. Ultimately we are here to heal. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
7/10 100% My Name Is Pauli Murray (2021) Minor misgivings aside, My Name is Pauli Murray should be required viewing for any female, person of color, or member of the queer community. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
8/10 85% Misha and the Wolves (2021) My advice, see Misha and the Wolves as soon as possible but avoid any and all spoilers, trailers, and summations. This is a dish best served cold and, my god, you will be thinking about it for weeks after. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
8/10 93% Captains of Za'atari (2021) Beautifully shot, impeccably heartwarming, and far more entertaining than anything bent like Beckham, we have this true story to give us just a little bit of hope. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
9/10 85% Strawberry Mansion (2021) I was given a renewed hope in the creativity of independent filmmakers. Give me my ice cream cone, I want to go back to Strawberry Mansion again and again. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
8/10 86% We're All Going to the World's Fair (2021) We Are All Going to the World's Fair is an uncomfortable, gasp-inducing window into the world of one lost soul longing to connect, and I am here for it. Ms. Schoenbrun and Ms. Cobb, keep it up! - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
7/10 93% Jockey (2021) Jockey is a solid piece of work that reflects on who we are and what we leave behind, as well as the prices we pay to get there. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2021
7/10 96% Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Mariem Pérez Riera has perfectly captured an American icon at the moment we need her the most. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2021
7/10 80% The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021) Poignant and sincere, The Most Beautiful Boy in the World is a candid look at the unpredictable nature of fame and fortune, along with its consequences. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
8/10 100% Flee (2020) There are terrors in this world that some of us can't even imagine. Flee teaches us to stop and hear one of a million stories from as many people fleeing to a better future. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2021
4/10 53% John and the Hole (2021) What is so frustrating about JOHN AND THE HOLE is the embarrassment of talent at the disposal of the production and the bland end result. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
4/10 55% The Prom (2020) The real torpedo that sank this ship was that the source material wasn't all that good to begin with. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2020
8/10 100% Queer Japan (2020) A kaleidoscopic look at a marginalized community, Queer Japan is required viewing for anyone in the community as well as their allies. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 13, 2020
7/10 82% La leyenda negra (2020) A starkly shot, black and white drama that carries a ragged sincerity... - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
7/10 100% Rialto (2019) Rialto is a fine slice of Irish drama that maintains the lilting humanity within us all. Not one of us is perfect, but do we keep trying? - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2020
7 89% Save Yourselves! (2020) A remarkably funny observation of human behavior in an age of reticence and awareness during chaos. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
4 43% Blind (2020) Walz's visuals and Williams' presence elevate an otherwise cringy movie about blind love. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
8 56% Mortal (Torden) (2020) We get the beginnings of an adventure grounded in our reality convincing enough to pull us into the incredible. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020
7/10 25% The Tobacconist (2020) In lesser hands, this might have just become another story of how change is unavoidable and why Nazis are evil. Instead, cliché is mostly abandoned, and we are given a tale rich with humanity. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2020
8 77% The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) Creepy, shocking, atmospheric, and ultimately rewarding. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
7 56% Come Play (2020) Setting qualms aside and giving in to the fun of it, COME PLAY is a solid piece of spine-tingling horror. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2020
6 82% Scare Me (2020) A surprisingly charming examination of gender roles and patriarchy in the creative landscape along with a healthy dose of the theatre of the mind. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2020
7/10 100% Born to Be (2020) Born To Be humanizes what it is to be trans and makes the struggle something you can feel. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2020
5/10 No Score Yet Army of Lovers in the Holy Land (2020) While I loved what was here, I really wanted a broader look at these trailblazers who flaunted convention and preached love. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
8/10 88% Summerland (2020) Jump in the RV, pop a few shrooms, and head out on the road with Summertime. This is easily one of the best movies of 2020. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2020
7 91% Minor Premise (2020) A Nolanesque dive into the fog of memory and the deception therein that challenges and entertains. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
7 63% The Owners (2020) A clever movie that takes a light grip then holds until you gasp for air. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
6/10 79% House of Cardin (2020) In the end, House of Cardin is a solid, encyclopedic documentary of one of the greatest designers of our time. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2020
7/10 95% Feels Good Man (2020) What I particularly enjoyed about Feels Good Man is its exploration between the artist, his creation, and what happens when the public reacts to it. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
6 54% Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) A vastly different film that infuses the same inventiveness and energy into a new genre at the risk of losing the audience. - HorrorBuzz EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2020
96% La Llorona (2020) Reimagining the legend with a political bent, Guatemalan writer-director Jayro Bustamante has created a brilliant new political horror film with La Llorona. - MUSE TV EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2020
5/10 No Score Yet DIVOS! (2020) I have seen far worse than DIVOS! and to be honest, there is a lot to enjoy. Check your standards at the door if you want to enjoy this candy-flossed high school romp. - Film Threat EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 2020