Australia has never produced a cinematic "scream queen," an actress who reigns over screen horror films the way Jamie Leigh Curtis did, back in her "Halloween" days. And Sydney native Sharni Vinson says, "It's about bloody time, then, isn't it?"
Vinson, 30, as the all-things-horror website FEARnet assures us, is "the breakout star of ‘You're Next,'" a superior "home invasion" horror film about an extended family in a remote vacation home, assaulted by murderous, masked intruders.
"My character (in the movie) comes from a family of survivalists," she said. "But after this movie, everybody, especially women, needs to take some sort of self-defense course. Martial arts, whatever."
If you find yourself in a situation like this, her best advice is "arm yourself. If you're trying to fight somebody who has a weapon and you don't, you're already at a disadvantage.
"When it comes to figuring out a quick strategy," she said, "you have to think where the threat is coming from. The threat, in ‘You're Next,' is coming from outside the house, guys with crossbows. ... If this is plainly some sort of planned attack, you need to come up with a plan to fight back. Be smarter than they are."
-- McClatchy-Trubune News Service