Blu-ray Review: THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER

THE CLOVEHITCH KILLER was directed by Duncan Skiles from a screenplay by Christopher D. Ford and stars Dylan McDermott, Charlie Plummer, Samantha Mathis, Madisen Beaty and Brenna Sherman.

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 American family … and then rips it to shreds.

Meet the Burnsides, an all-American family from a small town in Kentucky. Tyler is a good son but he’s a little on the timid side when he’s around his father and this is before he even makes the eye-opening discovery. His father Don appears to be the perfect dad and husband on the outside but there’s something peculiar about this man. His mother Cindy (Samantha Mathis) also appears to be the perfect mom and wife but she’s clueless to the dark secret that’s living so close to her. There’s also Tyler’s little sister Susie (Brenna Sherman).

Okay, what happens is, Tyler finds these incriminating images that links his father to these unsolved murders. Tyler gets extremely nervous around his father who’s isn’t yet aware of what his son has discovered. The two finally have the big talk and Don finally opens up and explains things to Tyler hoping he’ll understand and maybe for a brief second the kid does. Needless to say, Don has the perfect alibi and maybe he’s telling the truth. Tyler gets with his girlfriend Kassi (Madisen Beaty) and the two decide to spy on his father and the end result is a shocker that turns into a fight for survival for the two teens.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use for the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Clovehitch Killer is one of the best serial killer thrillers to come along in years. You never really know someone, even if its the local scout leader, and this movie answers the question, what if that scout leader had a dark side to him and he ended up being a serial killer? This is an intriguing character driven slow burn that draws you in as the suspense builds and keeps you there until the mystery is revealed. Dylan McDermott and Charlie Plummer both deliver great performances and I’ll go as far to say that this is McDermott’s best performance in any role I’ve seen him in. Director Duncan Skiles captures the magic on camera as he introduces this all-American family in the beginning and turns it inside out by the end. The Clovehitch Killer will be available on Blu-ray on March 5th.

Distributor: Scream Factory and IFC Midnight

Run Time: 109 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making of featurette and theatrical trailer.

  • Making-Of Featurette (09:02)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:10)
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