Sharni Vinson stars in the new horror-thriller "You’re Next."
Updated: September 25, 2013 6:05AM
After a $100 million-plus hit called “The Conjuring,” it’s tricky to star in the next big horror film called, of all things, “You’re Next.”
“I think the name is great because we ARE next,” says Sharni Vinson, star of the new home-invasion thriller.
“With our film and ‘Conjuring,’ I think Hollywood’s aim is to get the entire country into a nonsleeping mood for the rest of the year.”
In “You’re Next,” an upper-class family comes together for an anniversary party at a remote and rundown weekend estate. A masked team of assailants clutching crossbows invades their home.
Filming a horror film that takes place at night was a life adjustment for Vinson. “We shot for six weeks all nights. I never saw daylight,” she says.
Her character, Erin, is “your everyday girl who is from Australia and moved to America. She wants to live a normal life. She’s relatable. The girl next door.”
Just maybe not the girl who lived next door to you. “It just so happens she has grown up on a survivalist compound,” she previews. “She has self-defense skills.”
Vinson says that she wanted to make sure the film had genuine chills. “I do love horror films, but I do sit there trying to spot the clichés,” she says. “What I liked about ‘You’re Next’ is it felt like a movie I hadn’t seen. It’s much more than just the jump scares.”
She did approach the project with one rule. “If I was just some victim, I wouldn’t have taken the role. I want to influence people with my movies. I don’t want them to sit there and yell at the screen, ‘Why did that idiot just run up the stairs and die?’ I want people to say that she’s really smart and fought hard.”
A star of the long-running Aussie TV drama “Home and Away,” Vinson recently got her green card to live in the United States.
“I’m in love with the show biz industry,” she says. “I would have never left Australia, which is such a gorgeous country, to live in Hollywood, which is filled with smog and a bunch of egotistical people unless I was really in love with my work.”
But there is one perk on this side of the globe. “In and Out Burger is my favorite,” she says. “You can’t get that kind of great lunch in Australia.”
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