Cold in July

Cold in July

Jim Mickle (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The cult crime novel by Joe R Lansdale is skilfully adapted by director Jim Mickle (Stake Land) and his regular screenwriting partner Nick Damici into noir-like cutting-edge pulp fiction. After accidentally killing an unarmed intruder, a small-town Texas family man (Dexter star Michael C Hall) must contend with the dead man's vengeful ex-con father (Sam Shepard), until both begin to suspect there's more going on than meets the eye, something of a much more shocking nature. Basking triumphantly in a 1980s setting, with mullet hairstyles and John Carpenter-styled synth score, this seedy hardcore thriller fires on all retro cylinders, with nods to the works of Walter Hill and Sam Peckinpah, and completely unexpected gruesome twists. With a firm grip on the genre-hopping tone of Lansdale's source material, and boosted by powerhouse performances from Hall, Shepard and Don Johnson (as a private eye), Mickle escalates the unconventional bloody suspense with one of the best-executed shoot-outs in recent memory.


A small-town man is hailed as a hero after he shoots dead a burglar who had broken into his home. He begins to fear for his life when the thief's father turns up seeking revenge, which is only the first in a series of events that plunge his simple life into chaos. Crime thriller based on Joe R Lansdale's novel, starring Michael C Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson.

Cast & Crew

Richard Dane Michael C Hall
Ben Russell Sam Shepard
Jim Bob Luke Don Johnson
Ann Dane Vinessa Shaw
Freddy Wyatt Russell
Lieutenant Ray Price Nick Damici
Jack Crow Lanny Flaherty
Director Jim Mickle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Jun 2014