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New slasher horror movie so disturbing it’s making cinema-goers ‘physically ill’-Rebecca Sayce-Entertainment – Metro

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise…

New slasher horror movie so disturbing it’s making cinema-goers ‘physically ill’-Rebecca Sayce-Entertainment – Metro

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A new ‘ambient slasher’ film is making viewers ‘physically ill’ thanks to its gore – and it’s coming to UK cinemas.

In A Violent Nature, directed by Chris Nash, follows a group of teens on a picturesque trip to the woods. They take a locket from a collapsed fire tower in the woods, and unwittingly resurrect the rotting corpse of Johnny (Ry Barrett), a vengeful spirit spurred on by a brutal 60-year-old crime.

Johnny will stop at nothing to retrieve his beloved locket, embarking on a bloody rampage slaughtering anyone who crosses his path.

It premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, immediately making waves thanks to its subversive approach to the slasher genre, while also paying homage to its tropes.

The film came to US audiences on May 31, prompting extreme reactions including one critic who said the film made them feel ‘physically ill’ due to its graphic violence and gore, specifically a kill involving logging hooks.

Another said the film reaches ‘disturbing new heights’ and that it ‘elevates an all-too-familiar genre.’

In A Violent Nature follows an undead killer trying to retrieve a stolen locket (Picture: IFC Films)

One critic said they felt ‘physically ill’ after watching the bloody film (Picture: IFC Films)

It currently boasts a strong 87% score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 107 reviews, with the critics’ consensus reading: ‘As single-mindedly focused on mayhem as its demonic monster, In a Violent Nature serves up a deliciously disgusting feast for gore aficionados.’

The film comes to UK cinemas on July 12 – so there’s not long to wait for eager horror fans who want to witness Johnny’s rampage.

Barrett, who portrays the film’s iconic villain, explained how he got in the zone to embody the ruthless killer.

‘I watched actually a lot of animal attack videos – specifically bears – so there’s an analogy to that in the role,’ he said in an interview with Sunshine State Cineplex.

‘It’s the way they move. They’re so peaceful, serene, and at one with nature. Then when they move, when they attack, they’re completely something different.’

Johnny and Barrett’s performance of the role creates a chilling depiction of the slasher villain. ‘You can kind of hang out with a slasher killer and experience a day in their life. I just think people will love the singular experience of In a Violent Nature.’

Nash, who directed the segment Z is for Zygote in ABCs of Death 2, opened up on what inspired the unique horror film.

It has landed a strong score on Rotten Tomatoes with critics lauding its gruesome kills (Picture: IFC Films)

The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (Picture: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Addressing the film’s gruesome death scenes, Nash said he always tries to make something ‘as unique as possible.’

‘I didn’t want to have a movie that was just a bunch of throats getting slashed,’ he told Digital Trends.

He continued: ‘We both get very, very bored with unoriginal horror movie deaths. OK, this person is gonna get stabbed, this person’s gonna get their throat slit, etc. We challenged ourselves by asking: What have we not seen before? What would be more difficult than you think to pull off on a technical level in terms of creating realistic prosthetics and filming them?

‘I’m less inspired by nightmares than I am by the challenge of showing something that’s never been seen before. There are so many horror films now, and to stand out, you have to have some great deaths. At the very least, we need to have kills that people will be talking about.’

And that they certainly achieved.

In A Violent Nature is released in UK cinemas on July 12.

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