In A Violent Nature

In A Violent Nature

The enigmatic resurrection, rampage, and retribution of an undead monster in a remote wilderness unleashes an iconic new killer after a locket is removed from a collapsed fire tower that entombed its rotting corpse.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Thrillers
  • Stars: Andrea Pavlovic, Lea Rose Sebastianis, Ry Barrett, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Reece Presley, Charlotte Creaghan, Timothy Paul McCarthy, Alexander Oliver, Sam Roulston, Liam Leone, Cameron Love, Casey MacDonald, Tom Jacobs
  • Director: Chris Nash
  • sadmansakibayon - 12 June 2024
    A good slasher flick with good kills and a great killer
    If you're looking for a slasher flick that goes heavy on the killer's perspective with absolute stubborn devotion, In a Violent Nature definitely does that. In fact, that actually might be why it's as great as it is. From the gory kills to the way Johnny hunts to the practicals and the sometimes suffocating silence, it's all there. The writing and acting could have used a bit more skill and tact, but if you go in strictly to see a monstrosity of a human absolutely butcher people then you're in for a treat.

    "While I normally start with the good, let's get the bad out of the way"

    The writing for In a Violent Nature does not do it any favors. Too much hand holding with the exposition, and dialogue that feels tacky, even for a slasher paying tribute to classic slashers. That said, it makes you eager for the kills, with characters being as annoying as they are. The pacing is slow, but given that it's from the perspective of the killer, that's expected. The big surprise here is how it plays with viewer expectations. I can't go into detail regarding this, but even as a devout slasher fan I was still surprised at how some key scenes unfolded...... The only noteworthy performance is Ry Barrett, who absolutely slays as the hulking and predatory Johnny; his performance as the killer oozes sinister and homicidal energy. Everyone else needed to dial down their performances, with facial expressions that go to extremes, and line delivery that doesn't land right. It almost feels intentional though, especially with how much it makes you want Johnny to just murder everyone.

    Visuals are the best kind of tense and ominous. Most of the film follows Johnny, with a few instances where the camera separates to go unpredicted routes. Johnny is surprisingly agile, and the kills are deliciously gruesome, with great brutal deaths. The cinematography is also exceptional, and the 1:1 ratio gives this intense claustrophobia that fits the remote setting. Camera placement is tactical and fully intentional, building scenes up as everything plays out. Practicals are great, whether it's the absolute ton of gore or just how characters look, it's all done right. Plus the natural lighting and how it plays into each scene is a stroke of genius in and of itself, though slightly underutilized...... There's intentional lack of composed music, which actually makes scenes more tense as it removes some of the usual ominous foreshadowing and replaces it with deliberate ambiguity. The sound effects are intentionally punched up, leaving the viewer on edge as Johnny stalks unsuspecting victims. There's still a soundtrack of sorts, but it's mostly music that plays in the background, as an added sound detail.

    Suffice it to say, In a Violent Nature is a good slasher flick with good kills and a great killer. The flaws aren't dealbreakers. It's definitely meant to be watched on a big screen, and you'll definitely enjoy it more in a theater setting than you would if you watch it when it releases on Shudder.... Adios....
  • bmarhefka - 9 June 2024
    An annoying hike in the woods
    I've seen a lot of horror movies, and this is by far the worst. To call this cinematic abomination a movie should be illegal. There are no redeemable qualities. The end of the movie is the best. I don't mean that it ends on a cliffhanger. I mean the moment when you no longer have to endure this movie is the best part. This is the only movie I can ever remember seeing that doesn't have a single positive comment that can be made about it. It hurts the eyes and the wallet, but more so the eyes. I had zero expectations and it lived up to every one of them. Go see literally anything else. If you own a Go Pro and have access to 5 trees and some grass that needs mowed you could recreate this movie with little to no effort.