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Next of Kin, (Hell House) (1982)




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Elderly residents of an Australian retirement home fight for their lives after a crazed slasher comes to call in this horror movie. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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Jackie Kerin
as Linda Stevens
Alex Scott
as Dr. Barton
Bernadette Gibson
as Rita/Mrs. Ryan
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Critic Reviews for Next of Kin, (Hell House)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Next of Kin surfs the low-budget 'Ozploitation' rip curl of the Australian New Wave, and spends its European inheritance on a local almost-ghost story with a strong sense of place.

March 25, 2019 | Full Review…

A simply fantastic horror film.

June 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Hugely endearing in its lingering twisted visuals and sharp score, what Next of Kin lacks is a depth of character

March 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An Antipodean horror with an eerie edge.

March 21, 2019 | Full Review…

Next of Kin is more than just a simple curiosity, it's an interesting chapter in one of the most important decades of Australian cinematic history.

March 11, 2019 | Full Review…

An unsung classic of the video age, so much so that hardly anyone mentions it. It's the perfect example of less-is-more, moving at a measured pace before reaching a bombastic action-packed climax.

November 15, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Next of Kin, (Hell House)

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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Imagine The Shinning and Suspiria had an Australia film baby and you'll start to get an idea of what Next of Kin is like. While the film has it's flaws, it's use of atmosphere is unbelievable. Great elegant cinematography and really amazing slo-mo. A true undiscovered gem. I'm not going to lie, it's a little hard to find. I had to buy a used, out-of-print, German, region 4 bootleg off ebay.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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