Simply put, Scream Factory along with IC have not only a winner with The Clovehitch Killer, but they also have a must see film of the year. I have to say right off the bat that this is one of the best films I have seen in a long time.
The Clovehitch Killer is about, well, The Clovehitch Killer. He was a serial killer who terrorized a small town 10 years before the start of this film. He was dubbed Clovehitch after they style of knot he would use on the ropes to subdue his victims. When we open the film we are introduced to Tyler, a normal teenager who comes from a Christian family and is your typical All American Boy. One day Tyler sneaks out in his dads truck to pick up a girl he has a date with. They get to fooling around and she finds a picture under the seat of a woman tied up. Not knowing its Dons truck she assumes Tyler is a pervert and thus ends his date.
After finding the pick he becomes curious as to why his dad has a padlock on his shed. He decides to break in and finds more bondage photos. One of them is more creepy than the others as it has a woman's name written on it. The name is Nora. Now that bothers Tyler because one of the Clovehitch Killers victims was a woman named Nora Devlin.
Suspecting his pops may be the killer he decides to ask the local Clovehitch Killer expert, a teenage named Kassi to help him investigate. The two of them find out a lot more then they hoped for during there search of Dons shed and things begin going south for them quick.
Although the film has zero blood it has a ton of suspense. Its moves at a slow pace, almost similar to an old Giallo film in parts. The acting is fantastic. Dylan McDermott is amazing. To say that he steals each and every scene is an understatement. He is loving, and charming, and chilling all at the same time. Words cannot praise his performance enough. The backdrop of the quiet town helps to add to the chilling atmosphere the film relishes in.
Unfortunately the film was not given a wide release, but lucky for us the fine folks at Scream Factory have picked this up and given it the transfer it deserves. The audio and video transfer is second to none. The film has a creepy score and when you add in the dark tones and hazy colors it all comes together marvelously. Everything just screams atmospheric horror.
As I said the film contains zero gore, so some horror fans will not enjoy this one. However if you enjoy a nice slow burn psychological horror film then I cannot recommend this one enough. Pick it up today
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars!