Director Jim Mickle’s (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s Cold in July was scooped up by IFC at Sundance earlier this year, which has had us itching for a release announcement. Today it has arrived along with a new still, and we’ve never been so happy about a cold front moving in!
IFC Films has announced that Cold in July will be given a VOD release on May 23rd, the same date it embarks on a full theatrical run.
Michael C. Hall stars alongside Vinessa Shaw, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Wyatt Russell, and Mickle’s co-writer Nick Damici.
How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Hal) puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben (Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.
Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled badasses portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir by Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are), this pulpy, Southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action film, one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Twists and turns accelerate as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. Cold in July is as muggy, oppressive, and hard to shake as an east Texas summer.
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