Cold in July, Texas noir, not rated, Jean Cocteau Cinema, 3 chiles
Cold in July is a story of how bad men recover a little piece of their soul and how good men become killers in an effort to wipe out evil and be good fathers. It is director Jim Mickle and screenwriter Nick Damici’s cinematic adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s 1989 novel, and it stars Sam Shepard. If you know anything about Lansdale or Shepard, then you know it is going to be bloody and dark and full of familial conflict. Cold in July is a taut thriller that sets you up for a Cape Fear-type story and then takes a quick turn into exploitation-film hell.
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