A world away from his cold-blooded serial killer in Dexter, Michael C Hall plays a jittery everyman hero in Cold in July, a heart-stoppingly tense, cunningly twisty crime thriller set in 1989 small-town Texas. Hall’s meek, mullet-haired family man gets hailed as a hero after shooting dead, semi-accidentally, a would-be burglar but incurs the vengeful wrath of the criminal’s terrifying ex-con father (Sam Shepard).
Yet things don’t turn out as you might expect, with director Jim Mickle and his screenwriting partner Nick Damici sending the story (adapted from a novel by Joe R Lansdale) down a series of unforeseen, gore-soaked, body-strewn paths. The plot couldn’t be more gripping, but with Don Johnson’s strutting private detective in the mix, too, the film’s richly drawn, superbly acted leading characters are equally compelling.
Certificate 15. Runtime 110 mins. Directors Jim Mickle.
Released on Blu-ray, DVD & On Demand by Icon Film Distribution on Monday 20th October.
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