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Next of Kin – Wellington Film Society

Next of Kin – Wellington Film Society

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  • Mon 4 Nov, 6:15pm – 7:45pm


Embassy Theatre, 10 Kent Terrace, Mt Victoria, Wellington



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  • Members Free: $0.00
  • 12-Month Membership: $120.00

Tony Williams, Australia/New Zealand 1982, 89 minutes HD M Violence.

Next of Kin, the 1982 spook-fest from the Kiwi-born director Tony Williams, is the best kind of surprise: it combines the campy pleasures of 80’s B-horror with the baroque composition and exacting sensibility of The Shining, Suspiria or Don’t Look Now. Next of Kin has deep resonances with these prior films, but stakes a territory that feels confidently original, carving out spaces of surrealist reverie and slow-motion lyricism in moments of ostensible panic.

Still, it never feels condescending to its genre — as if horror could only be made artistic by departing from its core conventions. Genuinely obsessed with the gross liquidity of the human body – the wrinkled pallor of drowned skin and the unreal glassiness of eyes — Next of Kin finds a delicacy in the grotesque that feels traumatic rather than affected. Full of startling imagery and pulsing with a fantastic score from ex-Tangerine Dream member Klaus Schultze, it’s a film of disarming beauty about the visceral fear that adulthood is mad, violent, and wrong.

- Jonathan Foltz,, 17 October 2012.

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