The Relic 1997

The Relic

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A homicide detective (Tom Sizemore) helps a biologist (Penelope Ann Miller) hunt a giant creature that is killing people in a Chicago museum.

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

  • Jul 26, 2020
    More than a little genuinely funny dialogue, and I think the creature had a pretty cool design... I'm pretty sure? I don't know though, because every time it appears it's in virtually complete darkness.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • 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

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