Let’s give Netflix Streaming the cold shoulder today on account of how it put us through the emotional wringer last week and forced me to eschew my much needed beauty sleep! Let’s go visit our unreliable and fickle old pal YouTube instead! I usually don’t feel entirely comfortable wrapping a post around a YouTube movie as you never know when they too will skip out on you, but today’s flick is so good it has inspired me to throw caution to the wind. I also sometimes worry that if I get folks to watch something for free (!) then somebody somewhere, a bag lady perhaps, is not getting her royalty check! Karma-lamity! The thing is this one isn’t on DVD anyway and my theory is if you watch it on YouTube now, you’ll be happy to buy it if it ever does become available and then save that hypothetical bag lady! You can’t save her if you don’t know the movie exists! Yes, I’m only pretending to care!
Anyway, today’s fantastic flick is called NEXT OF KIN! If you’ve already seen it you know what I’m talking about and if you haven’t, get ready for your next favorite thing in the world. Just listen to these incredible stats! It’s from Australia, it’s a lady vs. awesome house tale, it’s from 1982 the magical year for perfect movies, the cinematography is outstanding, it has one of the best horror scores of literally all time (Viva KLAUS SCHULZE!) and the strapping love interest is the psycho from WOLF CREEK (thumbs up JOHN JARRATT!)!!! I would not be terribly surprised if NEXT OF KIN was an influence on TI WEST’s HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. It’s got the same lazy stroll pace and then just when you are all warm and snuggly, it crashes your cranium with an iron frying pan. Although, allow me to say, I think NEXT OF KIN carries the superior clobber! It’s a lightening bolt! It’s a veritable goth-gasm! Nobody deserves to be as happy as it’s sure to make you! I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve watched this movie a couple times now and I’m still unclear about why folks want to kill this lady. I’m not sure it matters. Now, think of a movie in your head! NEXT OF KIN is better than that movie!!! It’s my favorite type of thing except this time it’s actually done well! It’s proof positive that there is gold in them there hills just waiting to be unearthed! Watch it now!!!! Or don’t!