Cold in July Captures Lansdelion Feel


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“Cold in July,” an adaptation of Nacogdoches author Joe Lansdale’s novel, debuted recently and is currently in select theaters and on Video on Demand.

The movie stars the award-winning actor, Michael C. Hall from the Showtime hit series, “Dexter,” as well as Sam Shepard and Don Johnson.

On a hot East Texas summer night 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 (Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Misled by the cops and desperate for answers, Dane embarks on an increasingly berserk, bloodstained quest to discover what really happened that night.

Joe Lansdale’s multi-talented daughter Kasey’s music is featured in the film including Back of My Smile, and Foolin Around, a song on her album, “Restless” produced by John Carter Cash.

Kasey said all the filming took place in upstate Kingston, New York.

“I think East Texans will be surprised how much the locations, the set, and even the accents of the actors seem authentic,” she said. “They did a great job of replicating home. Don Johnson in those Porter Wagner style shirts are priceless, not to lessen that amazing mullet that Michael C. Hall is sporting.”

Kasey said to look for her dad in the film in a quick cameo. Although she didn’t say where, another source says he plays a priest at a graveside.

In all she said she’s happy with the outcome of the film.

“I am of course biased,” she said, “but I think it captures the ‘Lansdelion’ feel wonderfully. There are of course always some things that you wish were there from the novel, but considering they have less than two hours I think Jim Mickle (director) and everyone else involved did the story great justice.”

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