Next Of Kin (2/23, 9:45pm)

Super-rare archival 35mm print, flown in all the way from Australia! One of the great treasures of the ‘70s/’80s Ozploitation wave, Next Of Kin expertly blends threads of ghost story, psychological thriller, giallo and the inherent spooky elements of the desolate Outback to create one of Australia’s most criminally underseen genre films. Bolstered by a superb slice of driving film score work from ex-Tangerine Dream member Klaus Schulze that’s both ethereal and pulse-pounding, we follow a young woman who, after inheriting a large rural estate that doubles as a rest home, starts to experience terrifying visions straight out of her deceased mother’s diary. As director Tony Williams effortlessly glides us around the cavernous confines of this abode with an eerie Steadicam eye, one might catch echoes of The Shining — but Next of Kin holds more in common with early Michael Mann efforts like The Keep, as it balances its arch Gothic trappings with a beautifully naturalistic backdrop. And, in its final fifteen, Williams turns on the burn to blast-level, delivering one of the greatest batshit-crazy finales you’ve never seen. YOU’LL REALLY WANT TO CATCH THIS.
Dir. Tony Williams, 1982, 35mm, 89 min.

Watch the trailer for “Next Of Kin”!