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 ...
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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An undiscovered classic from down under
5 February 2012 | by (Cleburne, TX) – See all my reviews

Following the death of her mother, Linda inherits the retirement home that she ran. Once there, reading through her mother's diary sets off a series of unsettling memories. Bizarre occurrences begin taking place as well, almost as if someone were toying with her.

I've seen this Aussie gem referred to as a slasher film on more than one occasion, though I wouldn't necessarily call it a slasher myself. It's more of a slow-burning mood piece, one that's quite ambiguous at times. It's also effectively creepy, one of my favorite scenes involving a figure watching Linda just out of her eye range as she roams the woods in search of her boyfriend. Said boyfriend is played by John Jarratt, a mainstay in Australian horror, and his presence here is a welcome one as always. Jacki Kerin is Linda, and she's solid as the isolated heroine who doesn't feel completely at home back in her old stomping grounds.

Naturally, the filming locations are gorgeous and the cinematography does a fine job of catching them in all of their glory. The film is complimented by a unique score and some stylish sequences, such as one terrific slow-motion bit where Linda is rushing down a flight of stairs. The ending gets really wild, leaving the film's more subdued nature behind for an extravagant finale.

I first discovered this film back in the early 90's when I stumbled across the VHS in H.E.B.'s video rental section of all places, that memorable cover art catching my eye. Even now, the film is just as effective an experience as it was way back then. All said and done, this is one of Australia's finest contributions to the genre. In fact, only "Long Weekend" is on the same level.


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