The Clovehitch Killer Reviews

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December 6, 2018
The Clovehitch Killer is too predictable to be a compelling thriller, but too hollow to be taken seriously as a critique of middle-class rot.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 15, 2018
This is a really slow burn...too slow, in fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 27, 2018
While I had really enjoyed it and was glued to the screen, when it ended, there was a feeling of "What was the point?"
November 15, 2018
What occurs in this movie isn't a means to expose those "accomplices in silence" as wrong, though. No, The Clovehitch Killer seems to be condoning them.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
November 16, 2018
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 27, 2018
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.
November 30, 2018
Given the strong performances and admirable restraint from genre conventions, it's a shame this murder mystery comes unraveled as easily as it does.
October 31, 2018
The Clovehitch Killer is one of the best horror films to come out this year. It's intelligent and subversive, and it captures the banality of small-town life perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 16, 2018
Skiles' direction and Plummer's performance, plus the focus on darkness permeating a small town suburbia, lends the film a My Friend Dahmer-esque vibe that will undoubtedly attract a sizeable following
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 19, 2018
While The Clovehitch Killer will often leave you feeling uncomfortable and helpless, it's a thrilling reminder that it's better to face your problems than to repress them.
November 12, 2018
The Clovehitch Killer is a truly scary and surprisingly thoughtful flick which transcends the trappings of its genre roots with sterling direction and a minimalistic approach to horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 17, 2018
It's not only a realistic portrait of a conservative Middle America but a devastating portrayal of what happens when a family goes murderously awry.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 27, 2018
The Clovehitch Killer might stratify some genre fans but it's much quieter than you would expect walking in.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
October 1, 2018
By The Clovehitch Killer's tragic finale, we're able to forgive any sort of experimental misfires since it sticks the landing so well.
December 7, 2018
This could happen anywhere, and that is, perhaps the most chilling aspect of the film.
November 15, 2018
Unlike so many recent horror movies, The Clovehitch Killer is patient with its thrills, almost excruciatingly so.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 16, 2018
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 15, 2018
An excellent McDermott embodies Don with just enough strangeness to keep audiences from knowing precisely where The Clovehitch Killer is heading.
November 13, 2018
McDermott's matter-of-factness during increasingly disturbing behavior is skin crawling, made all the more eerie set in Skiles's depiction of small town virtue.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 5, 2018
Though bloodless it keeps you squirming in your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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