In a Violent Nature director Chris Nash shares his three favorite deaths in the horror genre

A masked man raises an axe in In a Violent Nature.
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It’s a universal truth that most humans fear death. That’s why it’s so odd that the horror genre, which is often defined by the gruesome end of most of its characters, has been so popular for so long. What is it about watching people die that entertains us so much?

The latest horror movie to display death on an impressive scale, In A Violent Nature delivers one memorable murder after another in an impressive display of creativity and cutting-edge prosthetics. Digital Trends recently sat down with the film’s director, Chris Nash, and asked him one of the most important questions you can ask a genre filmmaker today: What are your three favorite deaths in horror movies?

Death by liquid nitrogen — Jason X (2001)

Liquid nitrogen death scene - Jason X

“Well, one is from a Friday the 13th film, Jason X.  It’s the death by liquid nitrogen scene where Jason shoves a girl’s face into a pool of liquid nitrogen, her face hardens, and then he smashes her face on a nearby table. I love that one. It’s just a great kill. It’s fun because it’s really inventive. There’s no coming back from that; no one is putting Humpty Dumpty back together again.”

Vegetarianism can be lethal — Creepshow (1982)

Creepshow, The Lonesome Death Of Jordy Verrill- Part 6.

“I also enjoy the kills that are more esoteric and disturbing rather than just graphic and gory. That’s why I like The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill so much. I just love how that episode of Creepshow ends with such a gut punch. It’s unexpected, because it begins with Stephen King just hamming it up in front of the camera. It plays like it’s so fun and lighthearted. It’s a kind of a goofy segment.

“And then at the very end … you realize that he’s just been completely overcome by this alien plant life that’s feeding off of his body and he’s in agony. And he’s pleading to God before he kills himself. It’s like, oh, that sticks with you. That death really made me feel a whole lot of empty when it was done.”

Dreams can kill you — A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street - Glen's Death

“My third pick is one that is pure nostalgia for me: Johnny Depp getting sucked into his bed in A Nightmare on Elm Street and turning into a fountain of blood that covers his entire bedroom. Yeah, that was just a whole lot to witness, especially when you’re a young child.

“I actually loved every death in that film, because I was really troubled by existential dread when I was a kid. And the idea that when you fall asleep, some guy can come and kill you in your dreams … it’s terrifying.”

In a Violent Nature is currently playing in theaters nationwide.