‘In A Violent Nature’ Interview: Director Chris Nash His Bold, Brutal, Risk-Taking Slasher Movie

Horror is at a high point right now, with filmmakers offering fresh, creative takes on the genre. But none have done it quite like Chris Nash did with In a Violent Nature. The slasher film ramps up the tension considerably by showing the brutal actions of undead killer Johnny from his perspective. And to accomplish this, Nash employs a number of techniques that put us uncomfortably close to the unstoppable murderer’s deadly rampage of revenge.

It was a bold gamble taken by Nash, especially for his feature-length directorial debut. The challenge was increased by the decision to ditch much of what he had already shot and change locations, reshooting the film with fewer resources and even a key casting change, all to make sure it came out exactly as he envisioned.

I had a chance to speak with Nash about In a Violent Nature. I was impressed by the film after its world premiere at Sundance, and had been itching to ask him about the production, his approach to the genre, any pushback he might’ve received from producers, and of course, that one gnarly kill that everyone can’t stop talking about!

In a Violent Nature is open in theaters now. Check out my interview with Nash below!

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.