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Next of Kin (1982)

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
... Barney
... Dr Barton
Gerda Nicolson ... Connie
Charles McCallum ... Lance
Bernadette Gibson ... Rita / Mrs Ryan
Robert Ratti ... Kelvin
Vince Deltito ... Nico
Tommy Dysart ... Harry
Debra Lawrance ... Carol
Kristine Marshall ... Linda - aged 4
Simon Thorpe ... CFA Speaker
David Allshorn ... Service Club Man
Alan Rowe ... Service Club Man
Matt Burns ... Mr. Collins
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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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Some films take their audience to the brink of terror ... This one crosses the border. See more »

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25 January 1985 (Mexico)  »

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Angustia a flor de piel  »

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Absolute Cult Classic
3 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

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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