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The Clovehitch Killer Blu-ray Review


“The Clovehitch Killer” is a slow-burn serial killer drama/thriller.

In “The Clovehitch Killer,” the story takes place in a small Kentucky town that has been haunted by unsolved murders of numerous women over the years. For the past 10 years, however, the killer seems to have stopped.

The plot focuses on a deeply religious family of 4. There’s the wife/mother Cindy, the daughter Susie, the son Tyler (a teen Boy Scout), and the family man/father Don who is a Scout Leader who also has his own small business. The plot kicks into gear when Tyler discovers a picture of a woman in bondage which he believes belonged to his father. After snooping around his belongings, he begins to suspect that there is something severely off with his father. Not knowing who else to turn to, Tyler teams up with a redhead teen named Kassie who has a particular interest in the murders of the Clovehitch killer for reasons initially unknown. Is Don really a killer or is this a case of paranoia?

The saying “less is more” is sometimes beneficial to a movie, but it can also be detrimental. When it comes to director Duncan Skiles movie “The Clovehitch Killer,” the less is more approach is both a positive and a negative. On the plus side, there’s something decidedly creepy in that the audience never sees a murder by the killer take place. Everything we know about the killer has happened in the past and it looms large over the town and many of its citizens. Now, that’s not to say events don’t take place with the killer, but they don’t unfold like you would think. Equally out of the ordinary is the film’s structure. For the first 75 minutes, the story plays out in a standard linnear fashion, but after that, the story jumps back in time and switches up the story by showing you things you didn’t know took place. This narrative change really switches up the movie and makes you wonder where it’s all headed (in a good way).

The depth of “The Clovehitch Killer” is also appreciated. There’s a lot going on here as the story delves into subjects such as secrets, lies, religion, family, and truth. Alas, the film’s ambitions also happen to be part of its shortcomings. Due to the slow-burn approach, the movie wraps up a bit too abruptly and leaves you wanting more (not in a good way). You can’t help but shake the feeling that writer Christopher Ford could have explored the concepts and the characters in more depth instead of wrapping it all up a bit too quickly. Some viewers may also wish there was more action as it were, but I don’t think it would have been true to the spirit of the story.

There are three stand-outs in the cast here. Dylan McDermott is completely unnerving as Don especially at the end. Rising star Charlie Plummer (previously seen in “All The Money In The World” and “Lean On Pete”) continues to impress as Tyler. Madisen Beaty (who played Kassie) brings a lot to her character. It’s not hard to see why she too is also getting more and more roles.


Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The cinematography of the film deserved a better hi-def transfer. It’s not poor by any means, but also not up to the capabilities of Blu-ray (to me at least).

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A soft 5.1 track that still does the job.

* Trailers for other titles along with a trailer for “The Clovehitch Killer.”
* A lighthearted 9 minute making of featurette. Props for doing something different than the norm.

March 3, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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