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Next of Kin (1982)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery | 25 January 1985 (Mexico)
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.


Tony Williams
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacki Kerin Jacki Kerin ... Linda
John Jarratt ... Barney
Alex Scott ... Dr Barton
Gerda Nicolson Gerda Nicolson ... Connie
Charles McCallum Charles McCallum ... Lance
Bernadette Gibson Bernadette Gibson ... Rita / Mrs Ryan
Robert Ratti Robert Ratti ... Kelvin
Vince Deltito Vince Deltito ... Nico
Tommy Dysart ... Harry
Debra Lawrance Debra Lawrance ... Carol
Kristine Marshall Kristine Marshall ... Linda - aged 4
Simon Thorpe Simon Thorpe ... CFA Speaker
David Allshorn David Allshorn ... Service Club Man
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... Service Club Man
Matt Burns Matt Burns ... Mr. Collins


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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There's no place like home, bloody home. See more »


Horror | Mystery


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Australia | New Zealand



Release Date:

25 January 1985 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Angustia a flor de piel See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of Quentin Tarantino's favourite Australian films. See more »


Georg Trakl
with album "X" (1978)
Released: October 31, 1980
Written, Performed and Produced by Klaus Schulze
Published by Brain
Courtesy of Brain Musik GmbH
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A cult-horror classic from Australia
8 April 2016 | by jadavixSee all my reviews

"Next of Kin" is a cult horror classic from Australia.

It is effective at building suspense, and has some genuinely frightening, shocking moments.

The plot concerns a young woman who inherits her mother's nursing home. Strange deaths occur at the home and when the lady reads her mother's diary, finds that events in the past are mirrored in the present.

The movie is less a slasher than an Aussie giallo. It's a violent murder mystery with Hitchcockian suspense touches, rather than the typical hallmarks of the slasher genre, eg. a masked killer stalking victims who split up to be offed one by one, and sex leading to a grisly death.

The film is far more interested in atmosphere, which it provides really well.

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