“Some films take their audience to the brink of terror ... This one crosses the border.” A must-see for anyone interested in Ozploitation cinema, this atmospheric Australian horror flick directed by Tony Williams features Jacki Kerin as “Linda,” a young woman who inherits a creepy retirement home called Montclare after her mother dies. Immediately upon her arrival, she discovers some disturbing details in her mother’s diary and strange deaths start to occur among the residents. Is Linda losing her mind or is the house truly harboring an evil presence? Next of Kin features nice cinematography, a tense build-up of suspense, some fine “gotcha” moments, a great score by Klaus Schulze and an awesome ending. Not a bad way to spend 89 minutes! The solid cast includes John Jarratt, Gerda Nicolson and Alex Scott. Don’t confuse Next of Kin with the lame Patrick Swayze action film of the same name released in 1989.
Useless Trivia: In the 2008 Australian documentary, Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation, Quentin Tarantino praises Next of Kin, even comparing it to The Shining.