Director: Jim Mickle
Stars: Michael C. Hall, Vinessa Shaw, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Wyatt Russell, Nick Damici
Release date: To be determined

Michael C. Hall's movie career is starting off on a great note.

Hall has aligned himself with indie filmmaker Jim Mickle, whose last two movies, Stake Land (2011) and We Are What We Are (2013), have established Mickle as a horror auteur with a sharp eye for visuals, particularly the lush cinematography common to Terence Malick films. With Cold in July, though, Mickle has sidestepped horror for a more straightforward thriller, with Hall playing a Texas man who kills a burglar, is hailed as a local hero, but then has to protect his family against the burglar's ex-con father seeks revenge.

Those shades of A History of Violence you're seeing are one reason why Cold in July should be on your radar—after all, any connections, whether overt or subtle, to David Cronenberg's 2005 film can't be a bad thing. Another worthwhile reason: Mickle's film adapts the work of celebrated genre fiction writer Joe R. Lansdale, whose singular brand of backwoods noir is long overdue for the big screen. And lastly, Cold in July should make the sight of Dexter Morgan, the lumberjack, much easier to erase from one's thoughts. —Matt Barone