IMDB: [UR] A shocking revelation turns a teenage boy’s world upside down in this chilling look at the evil that can lurk below even the most wholesome surface. Tyler Burnside is a Boy Scout, a volunteer at his local church, and the dutiful son of an upstanding, community leader dad. Only one thing troubles the quiet Kentucky town he lives in: the unsolved murders-in which ten women were brutally tortured and killed by a psychopath known as Clovehitch-that rocked the community more than a decade ago.
Rating:  💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚
Wow! What a fantastic movie that took me in directions I didn’t expect. From IFC Midnight is this gem of a murder-mystery crime drama of sorts with some amazing tension. I found myself literally biting my fingers (heh, I quit biting my nails years ago) and screeching curse words to cut the tension. I went into this one expecting to enjoy it but was pretty blown away by how it threw a wrench or two into the mix. When I rate something a 10 it means 1) It’s a favorite that I’ll watch over and over and am sure to recommend AND/OR 2) It added something new and interesting to a genre and surprised me.
What I Loved:
The pacing of this one takes its time to develop but in a beautiful way. A lot of independant movies – and often IFC movies – will make the world feel very real. Houses, clothing, people, and dialogue feel familiar. In real-life everything moves slow and conversations are much more casual and less “written”. Such is the atmosphere in this movie. So from the start I was pretty hooked by this.
Then, oh boy here comes the tension! I can’t give away ANYTHING up here in the spoil-free zone but you should just watch and hold on to your seat, buddy! (Also I have a spoiler section below but I highly recommend only clicking in after you watch the film!) There were truly moments I was holding my breath, screeching with anxiety, or leaving bite marks on my knuckles. And these scenes are tense simply because there is a normality around them. It’s not set in darkness with strobe lighting and climaxing music. It shows another side of this type of story and the aftermath. The realness creates the discomfort and the acting makes you believe it.
What I Didn’t Love:
Again, a 10/10 movie can still have room for improvement. However there isn’t much I can really knock in this one. If anything it sets you on a path from the start that can seem a little like jumping to a conclusion. I think a bit more setup would have helped me connect some dots as to motive in the early scenes.
“I’ll be out of here in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.”
The helpful outcast – of course we befriend the weird girl. Did you think we wouldn’t?