‘The Clovehitch Killer’ Review: Unsolved Murders Haunt a little Town

doing a serial-killer movie without a slew of slaughters requires that will tension be generated by some other means. in addition to because, almost coming from the start of “The Clovehitch Killer,” the identity of the offender already seems clear, a second source of suspense bites the dust. Accordingly, the director, Duncan Skiles, has chosen a quieter, cooler in addition to more atmospheric route, one that will burrows more deeply into little-town religious rot than into the killer’s damaged psyche.

When the movie opens, the titular predator (named for the knot he favored for trussing his victims) has been inactive for a decade. nevertheless the unsolved crimes still haunt the little Christian community in Kentucky where Tyler (Charlie Plummer), a pale in addition to awkward teenager, lives with his punctilious mother (Samantha Mathis) in addition to jovial yet strict father, Don (Dylan McDermott). the item’s a life of church in addition to charity in addition to Boy Scout badges — until Tyler finds a disturbing magazine image in his father’s truck.

With its achingly slow build in addition to understated performances, “The Clovehitch Killer” strains to surmount its lack of urgency. Christopher Ford’s screenplay has obvious narrative holes (most of which should be filled with law enforcement), in addition to the relentless focus on mood over action can drag. Even so, McDermott is usually admirably unsettling, in addition to Luke McCoubrey’s artfully sterile cinematography adds an air of suffocating wholesomeness that will can make you squirm.

Treating evil as a chronic, if sometimes dormant infection, Skiles, who grew up inside the Bible Belt, presents a darkly humorous view of the pornographic impulses buried beneath his movie’s conservative-values façade.

“Your father has his own hobbies,” Tyler’s mother explains when Don abandons their coupon-cutting to disappear into the garden shed. Does he ever.