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IN A VIOLENT NATURE Trailer: Sundance Slasher Puts Us In The Bloody Shoes of the Killer


What if Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street was told from the POV of Jason and Freddy?

Writer-director Chris Nash’s feature debut In A Violent Nature puts us in the mind of an undead killer Johnny (Ry Barrett) as he hunts down new victims in the woods. Andrea Pavlovic, Cameron Love, Reece Presley, Liam Leone, Charlotte Creaghan, Lea Rose Sebastianis, Sam Roulston, Alexander Oliver, and Lauren Taylor round out the cast. It premiered at Sundance’s Midnight section where it shocked audiences and earned widespread acclaim for its subversion of the slasher genre and its shocking, brutal elements. IFC Films and Shudder have released the terrifying official trailer ahead of its theatrical release on May 31.

Here’s the official synopsis:

In his directorial feature debut, Chris Nash skillfully flips the slasher genre on its head by shifting the perspective from the victims to the killer with haunting effect. In A Violent Nature upends a formulaic mainstay featured within horror films for decades, minimizing familiar tropes to inject new life into the genre. Instead of dwelling alongside promiscuous young people in a remote forest cabin before they get what’s coming to them, the film keeps their unsuspecting voices in the distance as we follow a maniacal murderer trudging through the woods to stalk his prey. Infusing inventive kills with generous amounts of gore, Nash is methodical in his approach, setting an ominous and ambient tone that will linger within your psyche for a long time to come.

Check out the trailer below.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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