Cold Blooded (film)

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Cold Blooded
Cold Blooded - Original Theatrical Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJason Lapeyre
Produced by
  • Tim Merkel
  • Leah Jaunzems
Screenplay byJason Lapeyre
Music byTodor Kobakov
CinematographyAlwyn Kumst
Edited byAaron Marshall
Distributed by
  • Uncork'd Entertainment/Viva Pictures
Running time
95 minutes

Cold Blooded is a 2012 Canadian crime film written and directed by Jason Lapeyre. The film stars Ryan Robbins, Zoie Palmer, William MacDonald, Sergio Di Zio and Huse Madhavji. The film tells the story of a female police officer assigned to guard a diamond thief overnight in a hospital when his violent partners break into the hospital to get him.


A diamond heist goes very wrong, leaving one of the team of criminals dead and another arrested for his murder. The surviving thief, Eddie Cordero, wakes up in a hospital being guarded by Constable Frances Jane. He tries to con her into letting him go, but she's too smart for him and won't fall for his various pleas. Later in the evening, Cordero's partners in the diamond heist break into the hospital and head for his room. In the ensuing chaos, Constable Jane ends up having to work with Cordero to survive the night while at the same time trying to keep him from escaping.



Lapeyre was approached by producer Tim Merkel and told that Merkel had access to an abandoned hospital and needed a story to take place in one. Merkel gathered a group of writers and gave them a tour of the hospital, and afterwards invited them to submit ideas to him for stories. Lapeyre submitted two ideas - one for a crime story and one for a zombie story. Merkel liked Lapeyre's ideas and told him to choose the one he felt most strongly about, leading Lapeyre to choose his first love, the crime genre.[1]

The film was shot in Toronto, Ontario in a single location. Reservoir Dogs and Elmore Leonard were influences.[2] The film was shot in December 2010, finished in 2011 and began playing festivals in 2011 and 2012.


Cold Blooded was an official selection at Fantastic Fest[3] and Fantasy Filmfest.[4]

It was picked up by Uncork'd Entertainment/Viva Films in the United States, who will be releasing the film in late 2013.[5]

The film is distributed in Canada by Astral Grove Entertainment, in Germany by OFDb Filmworks, in Japan by Zazie Films and in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg by Premiere TV.


Scott Weinberg of Fearnet called it "a quick and efficient crime thriller" that does not reinvent the wheel.[6] Corey Mitchell of Bloody Disgusting rated the film 2.5/5 stars and criticized the believability of the plot.[7]


Zoie Palmer won Best Actress at the Bare Bones Film Festival,[8] and the film won Best Canadian Film at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.[9]


  1. ^ Clift, Tom. "Interview: Jason Lapeyre, director of COLD BLOODED and I DECLARE WAR". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. ^ Mott, Parker. "Filmmaker Interview: Jason Lapeyre Discusses 'Cold Blooded' and Making Inventive Horror Movies". Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Cold Blooded". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Cold Blooded". Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  5. ^ Kay, Jeremy (20 May 2013). "Uncork'd, Viva Get Cold Blooded". Screen Daily. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  6. ^ Weinberg, Scott (22 September 2012). "FEARnet Movie Review: 'Cold Blooded'". Fearnet. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Corey (22 September 2012). "[Fantastic Fest '12] Corey Mitchell's Mini-Reviews: Day 2 - 'The Conspiracy,' 'The Collection,' 'Sinister,' 'Holy Motors,' & 'Cold Blooded'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  8. ^ Campbell, Cristina (23 April 2012). "Film fans come to city". Muskogee Phoenix. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  9. ^ MacDiarmid, Lauren. "Jason Lapeyre's Cold Blooded Wins At Fantasia Fest". Retrieved 3 June 2013.

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