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Next of Kin (1982)

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In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacki Kerin ...
Alex Scott ...
Dr Barton
Gerda Nicolson ...
Charles McCallum ...
Bernadette Gibson ...
Rita / Mrs Ryan
Robert Ratti ...
Tommy Dysart ...
Debra Lawrance ...
Simon Thorpe ...
CFA Speaker
Alan Rowe ...
Service Club Man
Isobel Harley ...
Irene Hewitt ...
Myrtle Woods ...
Montclare Resident
Vic Gordon ...
Montclare Resident


In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.

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Some films take their audience to the brink of terror ... This one crosses the border. See more »


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30 April 1986 (France)  »

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1.85 : 1
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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. See more »


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Effective Australian horror film that deserves a look
8 April 2005 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Not to be confused with the Patrick Swayze vehicle or Atom Egoyan film with the same title, this Australian production from 1982 is a superb horror film. Featuring fantastic cinematography and good performances, NEXT OF KIN is one of those great $3 finds (on the US Virgin Vision label) and definitely deserves more attention.

The film's biggest asset is the direction by Tony Williams. Despite Virgin's blood drenched cover, NEXT OF KIN isn't really a slasher film. The first 2/3 of the film unfolds in a very slow and deliberate manner that allows the audience to experience the unfolding mystery as Linda (Jacki Kerin) begins to do so on her own. Williams builds the atmosphere effectively over this time. There are several chilling moments involving long crawls down hallways and thoughts of being watched. The last 1/3 is a straight up horror/action finale that, with the mystery revealed, places the heroine in an adrenaline-pumping chase. The tagline on one box for this reads, "Some films take their audience to the brink of terror…this one crosses the border!" I couldn't agree more.

Another key to the film's success is the mystery itself. It is one of those films where you have to watch every little detail. The writers (director Williams and Michael Heath) deliberately lead the audience down the wrong path so that, like Linda, we think we know it all but are completely in the dark. The final revelation is quite surprising and makes complete sense given everything seen previous in the film. Of course the stellar cast helps greatly in pulling this off. Kerin is very good as the investigative Linda. Alex Scott, who also appeared in ROMPER STOMPER, is particularly good as the Dr. Barton.

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