How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of a 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, rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Shortly after Dane kills the home intruder, his life begins to unravel into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Twists and turns continue to pile up as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. Director / writer / co-editor Jim Mickle drops by to talk about his dark, violent genre-bending film that features outstanding performances from Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw and Don Johnson.
“As the movie’s resident live wire, Mr. Johnson, obviously having the time of his life, is a hoot, and the feisty camaraderie among these three men gives “Cold in July” a euphoric goofiness.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times
“Get ready to squirm. Be sure to seek out this twisty and terrific sleeper in theaters or on VOD. It’s a real find.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“A tangled tale of crime and punishment that mines the Lone Star lore of guns and killing.” – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times