On a hot Texas summer night in 1989, family man Richard Dane (Dexter’s Michael C. 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 (Sam Shepard) rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Misled by the cops and desperate for answers, Richard embarks on an increasingly berserk, bloodstained quest to discover what really happened that night. The plot twists pile up faster than the body count in this blistering mystery of vengeance and vice, directed by Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) with scene-stealing performances from Sam Shepard and Don Johnson as a pair of Texan badasses. Based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
A tangled tale of crime and punishment that mines the Lone Star lore of guns and killing.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 05.22.2014
Mickle's bracing sense of style and cinematographer Ryan Samul's moody visuals keep it gripping until the final bullet is fired.David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter, 05.27.2014
Strictly for connoisseurs of violent genre pulp.David Denby, New Yorker, 05.26.2014
It doesn't cut too deep. But that can be a relief sometimes, and even a virtue.Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 05.29.2014