|Next of Kin|
A frightening slow burner, Next of Kin
beautifully juxtaposes the gruffness of rural Australia with gothic flourishes not out of place in a typically extravagant work from the Italian slasher genre.
Returning to inherit her mother's manor house, now converted into a nursing home for the aged, Linda (Jackie Kerin) is met with a mixture of curiosity and hostility.
Apart from discovering a mass of debts and a home filled with eccentric folk, Linda is tormented by a murderous presence lurking within the bowels of the manor.
Director Tony Williams imbues the film with a feeling of creepy dread as he tells the story of a young woman whose nostalgic return home morphs into a journey of terror.