Based on a novel by Joe R Lansdale, COLD IN JULY is a Southern update on the Noir Revenge Thriller, and it’s dark as hell and (surprisingly) humorous. The cast (featuring Michael C Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson) is fantastic, and the places the film goes are about as unpredictable as can be. Seriously, the less you know going in, the better off you are…
IFC Films will be releasing COLD IN JULY on Blu-ray and DVD on September 30, 2014, and I strongly recommend that you pre-order it today… Special Features haven’t been announced yet, but even if the disc is barebones, it is more than deserving of a spot in your collection.
The trailer is included below, and for those interested, you can find the official Press Release after the break… Though I caution you not to read much about the plot because this is one of those movies that’s best left to surprise you.
HOW MANY MEN CAN ONE BULLET KILL? A TEXAS MAN PROTECTING HIS FAMILY FINDS OUT IN A GRIPPING REVENGE DRAMA
COLD IN JULY
An All-Star Cast Including Michael C. Hall and Don Johnson Powers Are Featured In Jim Mickle's Latest Film on September 30, 2014
"A taut, seductive thriller." - Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
"[Director] Jim Mickle expertly builds nerve-shattering tension." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
A man simply trying to protect his home and family commits a spur-of-the-moment act that will have unforeseen - and unimaginable - consequences in the simmering thriller COLD IN JULY. The film, boasting a powerhouse cast, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD from IFC Films and MPI Media Group on September 30, 2014, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.
How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Dexter star Michael C. Hall in an affectingly vulnerable performance) puts a bullet in the brain of lowlife burglar Freddy. Although he's hailed as a small-town hero, Richard soon finds himself fearing for his family's safety when Freddy's ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard, August: Osage County, The Right Stuff), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. But not all is as it seems in this seemingly peaceful community, and soon Richard's life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence that will pit him against the most unlikely of foes.
Co-starring Don Johnson (Django Unchained, Miami Vice) and Vinessa Shaw (Eyes Wide Shut, 3:10 to Yuma) and adapted from the Joe R. Lansdale novel by director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) and cast member Nick Damici (Stake Land), COLD IN JULY is a pulpy Southern noir whose twists and turns continue to pile up right up to its shocking conclusion.
And IFC Films theatrical release and an Official Selection at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, COLD IN JULY will appeal to fans of gritty crime thrillers in the tradition of HBO's True Detective, Gone Baby Gone, Killer Joe and Prisoners. Newsday's John Anderson called it "unpredictable, progressively violent, with a knockout performance by Hall." "A tangled tale of crime and punishment that mines the Lone Star lore of guns and killing," said Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times. "Movies incorporate plot twists all the time, but rarely with the mind-blowing relish of COLD IN JULY," raved Tom Keogh of the Seattle Times.