Title: Cold in July (2014) Tagline: How many men can one bullet kill? Genre: Drama, Thriller Director: Jim Mickle Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell, Lanny Flaherty, Brianda Agramonte, Tim Lajcik, Brogan Hall, Ken Holmes, Rachel Zeiger-Haag, Kristin Griffith, Laurent Rejto, Joe Lanza, Kris Eivers, Happy Anderson, Joseph Anthony Jerez, Joseph Harrell, Soraya Butler, Gregory Russell Cook, Bill Sage Release Date: 2014-05-23 Runtime: 109 Plot: 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. 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 rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. So, watched this recently on blu-ray and I have to say I was impressed with this one. A well made thriller featuring some excellent acting, a very nice story that twists and turns and wonderful direction from Jim Mickle. I have not seen Mickle's other films but apparently he was very influenced by John Carpenter and maybe a bit by Dario Argento. In terms of how he uses music and lighting it would seem he has studied these directors and that is not a bad thing. Don Johnson gives probably one of his best performances here as a private detective and pig farmer...yes, you read that correctly...and Sam Shepard is excellent as usual as the father of the man that Michael C. Hall's (TV's Dexter the serial killer) character accidentally shoots and kills at the start of the film. Hall plays a family man that finds himself caught up in something bizarre and awful that he neither can fathom nor stomach but can't help following down an ever more dangerous and horrific path. If you like a good thriller with stylish direction that involves some strange twists and things becoming weirder as you get deeper into the story...well, this is one not to miss. It is sort of a mystery, crossed with a modern day western, that has a rather nasty streak. The blu-ray has a nice array of special features that increased my interest in seeing other work from director Jim Mickle (including not one but two commentaries). He also talks about David Lynch being one of his influences which is reflected in the idea that some very bizarre and dark things are often occur in small town America.