In a Violent Nature brings hauntings visuals but lacks narrative depth

Chris Nash‘s ultraviolent horror movie ‘In a Violent Nature’ arrives with horror chops, convolutedly gruesome kills and artistic leanings reminiscent of ‘The House that Jack Built’, ‘Hannibal’ or ‘True Detective’s good seasons.

In a Violent Nature brings hauntings visuals but lacks narrative depth Yet, for all its gripping horror elements, the final product falls short of its ambitious beginnings. The film refrains from relying on a pounding soundtrack, opting instead for natural sounds like birdsong and crunching leaves as Johnny (Ry Barrett) heaves himself from the earth.

A Relentless Antagonist

Johnny is not just a character but a near-mythic entity. Sporting an ancient smoke helmet, he appears more relentless than human. One of the film’s more memorable scenes features Johnny using an industrial log splitter to silence a park ranger played by Reece Presley. This moment epitomizes the film’s dedication to creatively gruesome killings.

In a Violent Nature brings hauntings visuals but lacks narrative depth

Mood over Narrative

The plot, involving an abusive childhood and stolen locket, serves merely as a backdrop. This aligns with director Chris Nash’s previous works which often prioritize atmosphere over traditional storytelling. The forest’s stirring floor and wind-riffled lake surfaces coexist with snatches of indistinct conversations, providing richer textures between grizzly events.

In a Violent Nature brings hauntings visuals but lacks narrative depth

Eerie Execution

Nash’s style is notably polished yet morbid. He employs both explicit and suggestive violence, making them hard to watch yet uncommonly creative. Citing inspirations such as Terrence Malick in the press notes adds another dimension to his intent. However, these high aspirations don’t completely translate into audience satisfaction.

In a Violent Nature brings hauntings visuals but lacks narrative depth

An Unexpected Blend

Nash has attempted an ambitious blend of art house and slaughterhouse, but despite his striking vision, ‘In a Violent Nature’ leaves many viewers wanting more narrative depth rather than pure artistic expression. The ending will surely divide opinions, although its moody logic feels fitting.

In a Violent Nature brings hauntings visuals but lacks narrative depth

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