Around the HCF office we consider the directing and writing team of Jim Mickle and Nick Damici to be somewhat God-like, and I am sure those who have seen their masterpieces will whole heartedly agree.
Jim Mickle and director and Nick Damici the writer (and often star) of films Stake Land, Mulberry Street and one of last years best horrors, We Are What We Are, once again team up for Cold in July, and the first gripping trailer has now been released, and my God it is excellent.
The trailer for the revenge thriller is filled with some intense scenes, frightening dialogue, some gritty violence and an overall sense of paranoia and dread, creating an atmosphere that is becoming Mickle’s trademark: dark, gritty, intense and claustrophobic. As an added bonus, the trailer features one hell of a backing track too, and to say I am completely blown away by this trailer is an understatement!
The film, with a screenplay by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici, stars Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, and Wyatt Russell.COLD IN JULY was produced by Linda Moran, René Bastian of Belladonna Productions, Marie Savare de Laitre and Adam Folk, and executive produced by Jean-Baptiste Babin, Emilie Georges, Manuel Chiche, David Atlan-Jackson, and Joël Thibout.
COLD IN JULY asks the question: How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Michael C. Hall) 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 (Sam Shepherd), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.
Festival programmers said this of the film: “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, 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.”
Cold in July is based on Joe R. Lansdale’s novel of the same name, and Nick Damici and Jim Mickle adapted the screenplay, with Mickle directing. The cast includes Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell and Nick Damici.
The film opens in UK cinemas on June 27th.
On a hot Texas summer night in 1989, family man Richard Dane (Dexter’s Michael C. Hall) awakens to the sound of a burglar breaking into his home. In a panic, he shoots the intruder dead—but this nightmare is only just beginning. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when the burglar’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Misled by the cops and desperate for answers, Richard embarks on an increasingly berserk, bloodstained quest to discover what really happened that night. The plot twists pile up faster than the body count in this blistering mystery of vengeance and vice, directed by Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) with scene-stealing performances from Sam Shepard and Don Johnson as a pair of Texan badasses. Based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale.