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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacki Kerin ...
Linda
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Barney
Alex Scott ...
Dr Barton
Gerda Nicolson ...
Connie
Charles McCallum ...
Lance
Bernadette Gibson ...
Rita / Mrs Ryan
Robert Ratti ...
Kelvin
Tommy Dysart ...
Harry
Debra Lawrance ...
Carol
Simon Thorpe ...
CFA Speaker
Alan Rowe ...
Service Club Man
Isobel Harley ...
Paula
Irene Hewitt ...
Maid
Myrtle Woods ...
Montclare Resident
Vic Gordon ...
Montclare Resident
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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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The famous final scene was serendipity for the film. The camera was supposed to track into the back of the truck, which would then depart. After panning around to look back at the diner, it was going to explode. However, the special effects man activated the explosion too soon, while the camera was still panning, reflecting it onto a highway sign. At the release, many of the audience members commented that not showing the explosion fully was the strongest part of the scene. See more »

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Absolute Cult Classic
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If this film was an American release it would be held in the same esteem as The Omen, Halloween and Last House on the Left. The fact that is better than any of the aforementioned films is mind boggling. My main criticism is that the tension is drawn out a little too long for most contemporary audiences to deal with. But perhaps this was the director's intention so as to make the biggest impact possible in the closing scene. And to be fair it was made back in 1982.

Next of Kin is not genre specific. It is not simply a horror film and utilises elements of surrealism and thriller to good effect. There were even aspects that reminded me of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story The Yellow Wallpaper. It is not without fault but has a sense of style and confidence that many other American classics fail to comprehend.


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