The Clovehitch Killer

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The Clovehitch Killer patiently dials up the tension with a story that makes up for a lack of surprises with strong performances and a chilling wit.

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A shocking revelation turns a teenage boy's world upside down in this chilling look at the evil that can lurk below even the most wholesome surface. Tyler Burnside (Charlie Plummer) is a Boy Scout, a volunteer at his local church, and the dutiful son of an upstanding, community leader dad (Dylan McDermott). Only one thing troubles the quiet Kentucky town he lives in: the unsolved murders--in which ten women were brutally tortured and killed by a psychopath known as Clovehitch--that rocked the community more than a decade ago. When Tyler discovers a cache of disturbing images in his father's possession, he begins to suspect that the man he trusts most in the world may be Clovehitch--and that his deadly rampage may not be over. With unrelenting tension, director Duncan Skiles crafts a picture-perfect vision of the all-American family--and then piece by piece rips it to shreds.

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Critic Reviews for The Clovehitch Killer

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (7)

  • Skiles's film doesn't care so much if you think you know how it ends, even if you're right. It's all about twisting the knife in the process of confirming those fears.

    November 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As good as Plummer and McDermott are here, [writer Christopher D. Ford] ultimately writes himself into a corner that requires actions in the final act that don't ring true.

    November 16, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Unlike so many recent horror movies, The Clovehitch Killer is patient with its thrills, almost excruciatingly so.

    November 16, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • McDermott is admirably unsettling, and Luke McCoubrey's artfully sterile cinematography adds an air of suffocating wholesomeness that can make you squirm.

    November 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • First-time feature director Duncan Skiles brings some spooky atmosphere to a smart script by Christopher Ford.

    November 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Offers an intriguing perspective on the darker side of American values, but lacks the conviction to entirely expose the cultural contradictions that often enable compulsive murderers.

    September 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 20, 2019
    You know that Rear Window parody they did in The Simpsons, where they suspect Ned Flanders of being a murderer? Yeah. Basically that. Well acted though. A very cold, methodical film.
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