THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER (2018) Reviews and overview


The Clovehitch Killer is a 2018 American horror thriller feature film directed by Duncan Skiles from a screenplay by Christopher Ford. The movie stars Charlie Plummer, Dylan McDermott and Samantha Mathis.


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 shed, 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…


“…what makes Duncan Skiles’ slow burn horror movie a familiar but engrossing experience is the fact that the central mystery often takes a backseat – at least during the film’s pensive and unsettling first half – to watching Tyler continue to try and maintain a normal relationship with his father…” Jacob Knight, Birth. Movies. Death.

The Clovehitch Killer thrives during the scenes of suspense, but eventually the truth has to land on one side or the other, and when the action ramps up, the film becomes a bit more familiar, but still rather riveting. Skiles and his DP Luke McCoubrey shoot in precise lines, with sterile, unadorned shots that conjure the oppressive cleanliness and banality of life in a traditionalist small town…” Haleigh Foutch, Collider

“By design, The Clovehitch Killer doesn’t hit quite the same wavelength as say David Fincher’s Zodiac as far as skin-crawlingly realistic creepiness is concerned. Yet the film is consistently eerie in the psychological implications of its most naked moments…” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“There are definitely moments where the light seems dimmed by ill-conceived investigative techniques between Tyler and his flame-haired outsider Kassi, but overall it certainly shows a different way to look at a story such as this.” Vanessa Stewart, Mother of Movies


IFC Films is released The Clovehitch Killer theatrically and on VOD in the USA on November 16, 2018. Scream Factory is releasing the movie on Blu-ray on March 5, 2019.

Cast and characters:

  • Charlie Plummer … Tyler
  • Dylan McDermott … Don
  • Samantha Mathis … Cindy
  • Madisen Beaty … Kassi
  • Brenna Sherman … Susie
  • Lance Chantiles-Wertz … Billy
  • Lea Hutton Beasmore … Grocery Shopper
  • Mercedes Carter … Church Friend
  • Sarah Cleveland
  • Mike Cortese … Young Father / Mr. Devlin
  • Jenny Coulter … Memorial Attendee
  • Matthew Davis … Kassi’s Dad
  • Brian Dorton … Memorial Attendee
  • Jones Emma … Amy
  • Justin Goodloe … Scout Troop Member

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