Tuesday, June 11, 2024

IN A VIOLENT NATURE

Elephant / Elephant / In A Violent Nature

However you may feel about Chris Nash’s In A Violent Nature, there’s no denying that the film draws from some cool unexpected sources. This is hardly the first slow burn horror movie director to pull from “unexpected”/outside lanes of cinema, but I can’t think of too many that mention the likes of Terrence Malick, Gus Van Sant & Alan Clarke as references.

Now… Nash does not deny his more obvious sources like Friday The 13th and Fincher’s Zodiac..

I would say FRIDAY THE 13th is intrinsic to the existence of this film because it built the framework. We’re not reinventing the wheel, but we are looking at the wheel from a different side - Chris Nash, Dreadcentral.com
Friday The 13th Part VI / In A Violent Nature

Friday The 13th Part II / In A Violent Nature

Friday The 13th / In A Violent Nature

Friday The 13th Part II / In A Violent Nature

Friday The 13th / In A Violent Nature

Friday The 13th / In A Violent Nature

Friday The 13th Part VII / In A Violent Nature


The Raft segment in Creepshow 2 had an indelible affect on me - Chris Nash, Flickering Myth
Creepshow 2 / In A Violent Nature


I can watch Zodiac anytime as soon as it's on. It just puts me in a mood. It puts me in a vibe. It's that same kind of calculated feel that I like where I'm just thinking, 'Oh, this is a plan' - Chris Nash, Indiewire
Zodiac / In A Violent Nature

And without needing any pull quotes, you can imagine this is the type of film to pay homage to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. TCM has the kind of impact where it can influence someone who isn’t even familiar with Tobe Hooper’s work.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / In A Violent Nature

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / In A Violent Nature


But what drew me to this films were the homages to the likes of non-horror/thriller directors like Van Sant, Clarke, and Malick…

Well, I came to the idea just inspired a lot by Gus Van Sant's trilogy, of GERRY, ELEPHANT, and LAST DAYS. I just love those films - Chris Nash, dreadcentral
Last Days / In A Violent Nature

Elephant / In A Violent Nature

Gerry / In A Violent Nature


Because Gus Van Sant's Gerry/Elephant/Last Days trilogy was inspired by Bela Tarr, Nash was sort of indirectly influenced by Tarr as well...
Satantango / In A Violent Nature

Werckmeister Harmonies/ In A Violent Nature


So just, especially the Van Sant films, focusing so much on the nature or the environment of where the characters are and how they're interacting and where they’re walking through - Chris Nah, Nofilmschool.com
The Sea Of Trees / In A Violent Nature

I thought this would be a pretty cool approach to just follow the slasher around and just treat it like one of those Van Sant films - Chris Nash, Nofilmschool.com
Paranoid Park / In A Violent Nature


The other directors we looked at were, yes, Malick - Chris Nash, thirdcoastreview.com
The Tree Of Life / In A Violent Nature

The Tree Of Life / In A Violent Nature

The Tree Of Life / In A Violent Nature

The Tree Of Life / In A Violent Nature

Badlands / In A Violent Nature

The Tree Of Life / In A Violent Nature


They showed me Gerald Kargl's 'Angst' and Alan Clarke's Elephant, just to give me an idea of what the feel was going to be - Ry Barrett, Indiewire
Angst / In A Violent Nature

Angst / In A Violent Nature

Elephant / In A Violent Nature


Angst went on to influence Gaspar Noe’s work so it’s not off-base that Nash would also find inspiration from other films from the school of Angst…

For me, I was thinking of Irréversible too, just the way the viewer is an onlooker for the whole thing - Ry Barrett, Indiewire
Irreversible / In A Violent Nature


I haven't found any hard evidence of Nash being influenced by the likes of James Benning or the Dardennes but his film definitely invokes their work on a surface level as well...
13 Lakes / In A Violent Nature

Rosetta / In A Violent Nature



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