The Relic

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This action-packed horror thriller is filled with plenty of violence, gore, and some genuine chills. A gigantic man-eating mutant creature is lurking underneath the city. When human heads with holes chewed into them begin turning up at a museum, Detective Vincent D'Agosta is assigned to investigate.

Cast

Penelope Ann Miller
as Dr. Margo Green
Tom Sizemore
as Lt. Vincent D'Agosta
Linda Hunt
as Dr. Ann Cuthbert
James Whitmore
as Dr. Albert Frock
Clayton Rohner
as Detective Hollingsworth
Chi-Muoi Lo
as Greg Lee
Thomas Ryan
as Parkinson
Tommy Ryan
as Parkinson
Robert Lesser
as Mayor Owen
Diane Robin
as Mayor's Wife
Lewis Van Bergen
as John Whitney
Kent George
as Grad Student
Constance Towers
as Mrs. Blaisedale
Francis X. McCarthy
as Mr. Blaisedale
Audra Lindley
as Dr. Zweizig
John Kapelos
as McNally
Tico Wells
as Bailey
Gene Davis
as Martini
John DiSanti
as Wootton
Ron Cummins
as Dr. Gross
Ned Schmidtke
as Captain Martin
Katherine Mitchell
as Officer Katherine
Eddie Jemison
as Museum Worker
Matthew Furlin
as Crazy Man
Santos Morales
as Captain Borne
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Critic Reviews for The Relic

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Audience Reviews for The Relic

  • Jan 11, 2020
    There's a monster on the loose in the sub-basement of the Field Museum in Chicago. Is there going to be people wandering around alone in dark hallways in what should be a well lit museum whispering "is anybody there?" Yep. Going to be shots so dark that you can't see what happens? You bet. What about gore, will there be any gore? C'mon, you know it. Quick editing to move things along? Yes. What about victims you want to see gored? Naturally. All in all, not a bad monster film.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2014
    Peter Hyams The Relic is a pulse pounding, horrifying and highly engrossing monster movie that takes the best elements of the genre and sets them in the most unlikely place, Chicago's Natural History Museum. This is a tense, thrilling monster film that delivers a high body count with plenty of blood. The film at times suffers from lack of great dialogue, but in the end, it doesn't matter because the carnage that follows more than makes up for the lack brilliant writing. The Relic is one of those films that is pure mindless fun, and it's sure to appeal to genre fans. Like I've said, there is no effective dialogue, and there is no real great performance. The cast here is presented more as bait to the creature lurking in the darkness of the museum. The effects are well done, and even if they look a bit dated by today's standards, for the time, it's still impressive to see that they were able to pull something like this back in 1997. The Relic is a film that uses a simple plot to create something truly exciting. This is the type of film that doesn't overdo anything, and it's to the point with its horror. That's what it takes to build a highly entertaining horror film, a good, yet simple concept with great atmosphere and tension throughout the film. The Relic more than lives up to that, and it's a horror picture that is dark, menacing and memorable for what it sets out to accomplish. Sure, it does lack in great performances, but this is nonetheless a film that should be seen by genre fans for its intense, well executed monster carnage. The film may be weak in a few areas, but it's a constant good time, and monster film fans will surely enjoy this underrated horror gem.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2012
    "Popcorn" horror flick as the expression goes. I really thought the plot twist toward the end was pretty clever, but poor writing, and just some general horror cheesiness prevents this from being any better than a middle of the road flick.
    Mace R Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2011
    Mindless mayhem! A Detroit museum receives a shipment of bizarre crates, containing an old tribal relic and some leaves which have some strange fungus on it. That night a security guard named Frederick Ford (Jophery C.Brown) is literally torn to pieces by a giant monster. Homicide detective Vincent D'Agosta (Tom Sizemore) and evolutionary biologist Margo Green (Penelope Ann Miller) team up and discover that the leaves contained some sort of unidentifiable fungus that systematically mutated into a wild monster. D'Agosta insists that the museum should close its doors but the Museum doesn't need any bad publicity and are planning to hold a gala for the Mayor (Robert Lesser) his wife (Diane Robbin) and so they try and sweep the incident under the carpet. Lt. D'Agusto can't stop the gala from going ahead, the bad news for the guests is that there seems to be a giant mutated creature running around that needs to eat human brains for a particular hormone it survives on. "The Relic" offers some surprisingly nasty killings (numerous decapitations) and vicious monster effects (we have Stan Winston to thank for that). Horror fans will appreciate the extended and atmospherically filmed sequences in the museum catacombs, showing how a small group of survivors try to escape the monster evolved specifically to decapitate people! The Good Points: The museum set was magnificent with its various artifacts and relics, the autopsy scene and the bodies on the drifting ship were good. Overall I enjoyed it but I found the constant darkness distracting and made the film difficult to watch at times, still worth a watch but these flaws stop it from becoming a classic modern horror film that it could have been.
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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