In 2011, the You’re Next film festival was held in Toronto. The story is about a family reunion that literally turns deadly when the family is attacked by masked murders. The only one who can save them is Erin (Sharni Vinson), a girlfriend of one of the family members. The film also stars AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Barbara Crampton, Wendy Glenn, Margaret Laney, Rob Moran, Joe Swanberg, Nicholas Tucci, and Ti West.
In 2013, a crowd at SXSW saw the movie and they enjoyed it. The audience liked the stunts as well as the action. You’re Next opens on August 23rd.
How is it to keep coming back to this film over a such a long stretch and see audiences keep responding to it?
I feel like the responses are just getting better. I feel like the response last night was potentially the best we had and that says a lot because the response that we had in Austin for Fantastic Fest and in Toronto for TIFF was amazing in 2011, and the fact that it has been an 18 month gap between then and now and there’s still another 5 months before it officially releases, it’s just incredible. It’s a huge process of building and waiting, which has been such an unusual experience because it’s almost frustrating because you just want the world to see this product that I believe is fantastic. So far the audience response has led me to believe nothing else. I just want everyone to see it and it’s just been hard sort of waiting and siting on it and thinking, “Oh god, we have to wait another five months now,” but I think were on the homestretch now that we’ve screened at SXSW and I think the next few months you’re really going to start seeing a lot more of this movie and then we’ll smash it in August. [Laughs]
How did you get involved with this? It’s such a great character and one that people just enjoy rooting for so much.
Yeah and that was the turn on for the role. I read the script and the first time I read the script I like to just read it from a general audience perspective. Then I’ll read it again and I’ll really read it as the character that I would be playing, and I’ll try and visualize myself as the girl as I’m reading it, because then I can really get a feel and a sense of what qualities I, as Sharni, can bring to the girl, and if I’m the best choice. As I was reading it, picturing myself as Erin, I got it, it all made sense. I just wanted to be the girl that had the chance to bring her to life and give her these qualities that are in the script, but you’ve got to transfer what’s on the page to reality. I wanted the chance to bring the qualities in Sharni to Erin and to bring some qualities of Erin to Sharni, and also to be that role model for women. In a horror movie you say “home invasion” and you think girl running up the stairs going to die, this is just so different. Girl goes up the stairs sets traps, runs out the window and comes back in the house to set more traps. She’s smarter than that. I just wanted to be the survivalist that she is. I’m an action girl through and through and this was just that action role that really hit hard. I thought it was a very strong lead female heroine for any movie, let alone a horror movie. Once I went in and fell in love with Adam and Simon from A Horrible Way to Die, and A.J. and Joe, I wanted to work with these people as well. It was a family, it was just a family. I love Erin. I would be Erin for the rest of my life if I could. I just really dig what she’s about and the messages that she has, and to hear the people in the audience also respond for her, chant for her, and really get behind her, that’s justifying for me because that’s telling me that I did my job well and there’s nothing more rewarding that that.