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The ending of “In a Violent Nature” is explained by the director (exclusive)

Many may not have made it past the viral yoga kill, but those who saw the end of In a violent nature may be wondering what exactly these final scenes mean.

While slasher films are a dime a dozen these days, director Chris Nash has created a unique take on the genre with his latest entry. The horror film is played almost entirely from the perspective of the terrifying killer, who hunts down his helpless victims after they disturb his resting place.

What happened at the end of In a Violent Nature?

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Most In a violent nature unfolds like many slashers, with the main killer brutally killing almost the entire cast or characters. True to the cliches of the genre, fans seem to have one survivor: Andrea Pavlovic's last girlfriend, Kris.

She is one of the last two survivors; the second is her boyfriend.

In his brave (but admittedly very foolish) attempt to lure Johnny away from Kris, her boyfriend tries to get the killer's attention. In return, he gets an axe to the face – after which Johnny smashes his body like a piñata.

While the idea was for Kris to actively put a plan into action to kill Johnny once and for all, the gruesome scene unfolding before her causes her to quietly put down her gas tank and Johnny's necklace and run for her life.

Although she is impaled by a sharp stick on her way, Kris eventually makes it to the road. Luckily for her, a truck comes along the road and even stops for her.

Furious, she gets into the car and begs them to drive away. As the car starts moving, everything feels safe.

The woman at the wheel, played by Friday the 13th Part 2Lauren-Marie Taylor from the band tries to get information from Kris about what happened, but she just says it was an animal.

This leads to the driver telling Kris a story about how her brother had a similar strange experience with what he believed to be a bear about 30 years ago.

This leads to a powerful quote from the woman about why this all happened in the first place. “Animals are not so guided by reason.”

Finally, the woman decides to stop again to help Kris, who is about to faint. Kris desperately begs her not to do it, but she doesn't listen.

Kris is terrified that Johnny will appear out of nowhere to take his next victims. But despite longing glances into the forest and a few suspicious flies, nothing happens.

Instead, the audience is treated to one final shot where the camera pans to the gas canister that Kris left behind. Interestingly, Johnny's mother's necklace is no longer hanging above it.

Director Chris Nash explains the ending

End of In a Violent Nature
IFC Films

In an exclusive interview with Russ Milheim of The Direct In a violent way Director Chris Nash helped analyze the ending of his latest horror film.

Nash first explained how for him “The last 10 minutes are what the whole film is about” and how the actual final scene did not take place “until the third or fourth revision:”

“Well, I feel like the last 10 minutes is what the whole movie is about. I had this idea of ​​what I wanted to see. And what these strict rules of this experiment should be. But it wasn't until the third or fourth rewrite that this scene even came [and] existed. And when I wrote it, I quickly realized that, for me at least, that's what the whole film is about. If there's any meaning to what we've created, it's that final coda.”

The filmmaker said that the interpretation of the film by some friends reflected very well what he wanted to convey on screen:

“For me, the easiest way to explain it is when my editor's parents saw the film through our editor Alex Jacobs. His father Tom actually plays like Johnny's father's reflection in the mirror [at the beginning of the movie]. But when they saw the movie and talked about it with Alex afterwards, Tom mentioned that there's a point at the end where our final girl just looks off into the woods in an almost petrified state of fear. And he said he doesn't quite understand why she's just standing there or sitting there looking off into the woods. And then his wife just says, “Oh, Tom, she'll always look into those words.” And I say, “Yeah, that's exactly it.” You hit the nail on the head. That's what it's about. It's about the monster never going away, even when the movie ends. Even if you escape, it'll always be there.”

When asked directly whether the audience should believe that Johnny could follow the duo so far, Nash bluntly teased how “[he doesn’t] knowledge” and that “We really have to wait for the receipts.”

The Direct pressed whether a proper sequel was in the cards, whereupon Nash admitted that he “No idea at the moment,” However, it is clear that the team is not averse to the idea:

“No idea at this point. Originally it was going to be a one-off experiment. But the more it seems to resonate with an audience, the more Shannon, Peter and I started thinking: OK, if we were to do a sequel, if we were to do something different and further explore the world that we created, what would we do?”

“We definitely have some ideas,” The filmmaker made further jokes:

“And we've definitely come up with some ideas where we feel like we're still paying tribute to the original, but not repeating the exact same style and format and everything, but still kind of staying in that slasher world where we're not smugly criticizing it, but trying to embrace it as much as possible.”

What’s next for Johnny Killer from “In a Violent Nature”?

Johnny in In a Violent Nature
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The potential for more films is there.

By the time In a violent nature Johnny was neither killed nor stopped. At best, he was temporarily satisfied by taking his mother's necklace from the reckless campers.

And even though Kris escaped, horror fans know that these people never really escape the killer. Just look at ScreamIt is Sydney Prescott, who has been terrorized by a Ghostface for five films now.

While you could make a classic sequel, Chris Nash could also go in a different direction and instead take the perspective of a completely different type of killer. You could imagine taking the perspective of a dream hunter like Freddy Kruger or a bloodthirsty alien hunting the crew of a spaceship.

The possibilities are literally endless!


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