Horror: Preying on Neighbours
As a general rule, I’m pretty hard on anyone who has appeared for any length of time in an Australian Soap-Opera. And, in my opinion, it’s deservedly so: Soap-Operas around the world are, for the most part, the arse-end of television.
Sure, sometimes they do end up kick starting the career of a potential star: Salma Hayek, Demi Moore, Tommy Lee Jones, Julianne Moore, Richard Dean Anderson, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alec Baldwin all got their start on shows like ‘The Doctors’ and ‘General Hostpital’ – And sure, the odd Aussie Soap star has made good too: Kylie and Hugh jackman spring to mind, and the EOL favourite Rose Byrne is well on her way. However for the most part appearing in an Aussie soap is, as it should be, something of a black hole when it comes to retaining any credibility as far as the *discerning* public is concerned.
I’m not saying that getting your start on a soap is anything to be looked down on. I mean, if anything, anyone with the ability and determination to ‘make it’ as a performer after appearing in a Soap (Australian or otherwise) should be applauded. And I think it’s a pretty safe bet that anyone who does ‘make it’ understands one simple principal of entertainment: Give the people what they want.
I would have never guessed it, but former Neighbours tongue twister and singer for the not totally unlisten-to-able ‘Rogue Traders’, Natalie Bassingthwaighte may just understand the principal.
Bassingthwaighte is starring in an upcoming Australian horror, titled Prey. Also featuring Ben Kermode, Natalie Walker and Jesse Johnson the film — written by John Soto and George Miller, who also directs — tells the story of three couples who end up lost in the Australian desert… and as if that isn’t bad enough to ruin your holidays, they soon find that they have become prey to some kind of mysterious force which can harness the elements of nature and take possession of the dead in order to get what it wants.
Something tells me that a movie featuring a former Neighbours starlet and a dude (Johnson) who’s resume boasts an appearance in Nash Bridges being hunted through the desert is bound to be a success. Especially when you add the guy who directed ‘Les Patterson Saves the World’ to the mix… the man clearly knows horror! [source]