Under the Radar: Michael C. Hall Crime Drama ‘Cold in July’

COLD IN JULY Cannes 2014

Cold in July

Director: Jim Mickle

Opens: May 23 (IFC)

Why it matters: Mickle has proved himself a master of brutally efficient yet oddly lyrical low-budget genre movies. His latest, an ’80s-set crime drama, begins as a home-invasion thriller and ends up as a kind of vigilante Western. Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and a scene-stealing Don Johnson star. 

Mickle: “I wanted to make a movie that fell into a subgenre you don’t see anymore — the Southern noir. Also, the thing about (Joe R. Lansdale’s) book is that it sheds its skin every couple of chapters and becomes something different. It’s sort of a living, breathing thing.”