Trailer: Jim Mickle adapts Joe Lansdale in “COLD IN JULY”Movies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
Continuing their streak of exploring Americana via genre, Jim Mickle and writer/actor Nick Damici return this spring with a fantastic adaptation of the legendary Joe Lansdale’s COLD IN JULY.
A tough piece of Southern crime/revenge/abyss-gazing, COLD IN JULY features a stellar ensemble including lauded playwright and actor Sam Shepard, DEXTER’s Michael C. Hall and Don Johnson. In the film, set in 1989, “family man Richard Dane (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.”
I was blown away by COLD IN JULY at this past winter’s Sundance Film Festival. Following up WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, Mickle and Damici transition into something more noir-ish and with a bit more grit. Adapating the great Lansdale is a perfect fit and the film finds a place nestled between Sam Peckinpah and neon 80s siege (something expressed very well by the trailer). The film is absolutely fantastic, and hits from IFC on May 23rd. [iTunes]
For more on COLD IN JULY, see my notes on it from Sundance here.