Director: Duncan Skiles
The Clovehitch Killer right out of the gate is strong, intriguing, and feels like a solid watch. Don’t let that fool you. As the film progresses, it gradually takes a downward spiral. Director Duncan Skiles doesn’t make an unwatchable movie, just one that isn’t worth a look. As a whole, the story has a decent concept. That concept just isn’t executed.
The Clovehitch Killer is a murder mystery film about a serial killer who has murdered numerous people over the past decade in the same Kentucky town. Don, played by Dylan McDermott is a family man, who is living a normal life with his wife and two kids. Don’s life is turned upside down when his snoopy, can’t-mind-his-own-business-ass son finds a mysterious picture in his father’s truck. The picture shows a woman being tied up, taken hostage and beaten. Tyler (plummer), Don’s son, is now questioning everything his father has ever told him. Tyler eventually finds companionship when he becomes friends with the “creep” of the town; a girl named Kassi (Mathis) who is overly obsessed with the murders that have taken place in the community. With his new found friend Kassi, Tyler decides to go full out Secret agent Cody Banks.
The first 30 minutes or so of the movie were about as good as it gets. The movie feels promising in every way. The actors do a good job, the story feels authentic and real. But as the movie continues, that all changes drastically. The story begins to feel too predictable. Director Duncan Skiles makes Tyler look and feel like a clueless idiot who can’t piece together the simplest of puzzles.
The Movie’s conclusion is predictable throughout. There is nothing too advanced or tricky about this murder mystery. The Clovehitch Killer is completely made up, so there is no reason for the lack of twists and turns on the way.
The lone bright spot, other than the blazing hot start, is the acting of Charlie Plummer. Even though the role required him to not have any problem-solving ability, Plummer does do a good of job of being a real believable son. Charlie Plummer will more than likely be a name we will be hearing more of in the upcoming years. Plummer was also the star in 2017’s Lean On Pete, a film that is the exact opposite of The Clovehitch Killer. Lean On Pete is one of last year’s best films; Something nobody will be saying about The Clovehitch Killer.
All things considered, I would stay away from this film. This movie is something that might be a solid movie to watch as you fell asleep, or something you throw on when on a plane. It’s something that doesn’t require much attention. That can be a good thing if you are seven, but for a fully-functioning adult, it is not. In conclusion, this film is not worth a Look. The Clovehitch Killer is the type of movie that may never be heard from again, and that may be a blessing.