The Relic (1997) Movie Review

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The Relic (1997)

1997 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
110 minutes / 1h 50min

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The Relic Plot Synopsis:

A researcher at Chicago's Natural History Museum returns from South America with some crates containing his findings. When the crates arrive at the museum without the owner there appears to be very little inside. However, police discover gruesome murders on the cargo ship that brought the crates to the US and then another murder in the museum itself. Investigating the murders is Lt. Vincent D'Agosta who enlists the help of Dr. Margo Green at the museum - she has taken an interest in the contents of her colleague's crates. Unknown to both there is a large creature roaming the museum which is gearing itself up for a benefit reception which the city's mayor is to attend.

The Relic (1997) Review

Peter HyamsThe Relic (1997) was recently on Netflix, so I decided to watch it again. I love how the beginning of the movie reels you in with the promise of a deep horror movie. We start off with a scientist sending leaves with orange spots back to the Chicago Museum of Natural History. After some time the fellow scientists discover that the fungi on the leaves are the discovery.

The tribe is briefly featured in a flashback, and it was great. After that, we get a classic horror movie cookie cutter movie where a damsel (scientist Dr. Margo Green played by Penelope Anne Miller) fights off the lizard creature that eats the fungi off the leaves. This film is science meets horror, but I felt the movie just did not flow the way it should have.

There are moments of okay action but just not enough to redeem the movie. I will not watch this again.

  • The Relic Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 3
  • Overall Score: 4.17
  • IMDB: 5.7
  • MetaCritic: 5.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.2

About The Relic 1997

Title: The Relic
Year: 1997
Runtime: 110 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 1.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.09/5 stars from 21,814 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 21,814 MPAA Rating: R
The Relic Cast Starring: Brian Steele, Gary A. Hecker, Dick Warlock, Aaron Lustig, Robert Lesser, Vincent Hammond, Jophery C. Brown, John Kapelos, Kurt Naebig, Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Clayton Rohner, Montrose Hagins, David Proval, Francis X. McCarthy, Don Harvey, Thomas Ryan, James Whitmore, Santos Morales, Eddie Jemison, Craig Hosking, Linda Hunt, Chi Muoi Lo, Diane Robin, Maureen Mendoza, Tico Wells, Gene Davis, Mike Bacarella, Ron Cummins, Ralph Seymour
The Relic Writers: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Amy Holden Jones
The Relic Director: Peter Hyams
Production: Paramount
Language: English
Country: UK, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, USA