Next of Kin, (Hell House) (1982)
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Brilliant Australian Supernatural haunted house horror film effectively directed by Tony Williams. This is an eerie and splendidly chilling movie that relies on a good cast of actors including renowned Aussie actor John Jarrat and Jackie Kerin. This is a steadily crafted horror tale that has hints of previous movies such as Kubrick's The Shinning and some have also referenced Argento's Suspiria. This is one of those movies that rely on atmosphere to create the tension, and in many ways a film like this is far better than other genre pictures because it takes its time to let the terror unfold and in turn it pays off by delivering a truly chilling and memorable experience. The cast do a fine job in their roles and the directing is terrific and you clearly can see that Tony Williams has an eye for creating scary scenes that will stick in your head. This is a highly engaging film that will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end. I thought that it was a fine supernatural horror film that used the basic ingredients of the genre very well. This is an overlooked film from the genre, and horror fans owe it to themselves to check this one out. With a great plot, terrific acting and directing, Next of Kin is one of the best genre films that I have seen, and more than once there have been quite a few genuinely creepy scenes. The film's use of atmosphere is what makes this one stand out above other genre pictures, and it's very rare for a film to pull off so much with basic elements of the genre. Next of Kin is a far better film than many other movies in the genre, and the result is an overlooked gem that definitely deserves to be rediscovered.
Hearing an ebullient Quentin Tarantino compare this to "The Shining" was both absurd and undeniably intriguing. Instead of a creepy psychological haunted house deal, "Next of Kin" works far better as a sleeping aid. The story concerns a woman who inherits an asylum and then one dark and stormy night stuff starts.... slowly... happening..... with the speed of.... a giant glob of molasses..... and you wouldn't believe it but she's crazy and so are they and what is reality and what is truth and who the fuck really careszzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzZZ
With the exception of a man's head being blown to bits with a rifle at close range (oops, spoilers!), Next of Kin is one the less graphically violent films from the Ozploitation era of the late Seventies/early Eighties. Rather than relying on over-the-top death scenes to evoke horror, director Tony Williams takes influence from Stanley Kubrick's work on The Shining by using the film's isolated location as the main source of horror and madness. Filmed in a remote area of Victoria, Australia, the story revolves around a young woman who inherits the family-estate-turned-retirement-home after her mother dies. After residents of the house start dying, she decides to dig through her family's history and finds that she not only inherited the family estate but also some very deadly family secrets. Visually striking, with a masterfully eerie score by Klaus Schulze, this film creates a successfully stylish atmosphere of psychological horror. Unfortunately, like a lot of stylish, experimental horror films of the early Eighties, this movie fails in bringing the story together in a completely satisfying way.
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