The Clovehitch Killer

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The Clovehitch Killer
The Clovehitch Killer poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDuncan Skiles
Produced by
  • Andrew Kortschak
  • Cody Ryder
  • Walter Kortschak
Written byChristopher Ford
Music byMatt Veligdan
CinematographyLuke McCoubrey
Edited byMegan Brooks
Andrew Hasse
End Cue
Distributed byIFC Midnight
Release date
  • September 22, 2018 (2018-09-22) (LAFF)
  • November 16, 2018 (2018-11-16) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Clovehitch Killer is a 2018 thriller film directed by Duncan Skiles and written by Christopher Ford. It stars Dylan McDermott, Charlie Plummer, Samantha Mathis, and Madisen Beaty. The film is set in Kentucky and was also shot there.[1] It premiered at LA Film Festival on September 22, 2018,[2] and received a limited theatrical release on November 16, 2018, distributed by IFC Midnight.


Tyler is a 16-year-old teen who lives with his devout Christian family in a quiet town. He participates in a Scout troop coordinated by his father, Don, who is a handyman. After Tyler finds evidence incriminating Don he seeks out Kassi, a local teen who sits outside their Church everyday. Together they piece together the mystery surrounding Clovehitch, culminating in a father/son confrontation.



Joseph Hernandez of the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival said that "this small town thriller has a sinister edge and sports an exciting narrative device that flips the story on its head."[3] Justin Lowe of The Hollywood Reporter called the plot "slow ... more reliant on atmosphere than action to build suspense ... offers an intriguing perspective on the dark side of Americans values ... but lacks the conviction to entirely expose the cultural contradictions that often enable compulsive murderers ... It's a missed opportunity."[4] While the reviews for the film were mostly mixed, McDermott’s performance was widely praised.


  1. ^ Spencer, Dave (October 23, 2018). "New Horror Film The Clovehitch Killer Filmed and Set in Kentucky". WBKR. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Dennis Harvey (September 27, 2017). "Film Review: 'The Clovehitch Killer '". Variety. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Joseph Hernandez (September 5, 2018). "The Clovehitch Killer". Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Justin Lowe (September 27, 2018). "'The Clovehitch Killer': Film Review | LAFF 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 30, 2018.

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