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The Relic (1997)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  10 January 1997 (USA)
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A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.

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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. Written by Rob Hartill

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Rated R for monster violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

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$9,064,143 (USA) (10 January 1997)

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ITL 3,016,379,000 (Italy) (6 June 1997)
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Dr. Zwiezic: Seven decapitations in one week. Don't you just hate killers, who take head and never give it?
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Excellent, first- class horror film (which is indeed rare)
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I would not say that I am a fan of the science fiction genre, romance genre, comedy genre, or any particular group. I will not go see every film that promises a blood-thirsty monster (which are not very abundant nowadays in films). What I AM a fan for is an intelligent, entertaining film, whether it be horror, romance, comedy, etc. And "The Relic" is an extremely entertaining and educational film. The story of the film (as well as the previously written novel) focuses on what effects a reovirus containing oxytocin, vasopressin, SRF, CRF, Thyrotropin and many other thalamic hormones could do if ingested by a host, who would become dependent on them, and then have them drastically taken away from the host. What results (in the novel and film) is a grotesque reptilian-mammalian creature that decapitates its victims and devours the one part of the victim's body that can supply the creature with the missing hormonal concoction: the human hypothalamus. Taking place mainly in the fictional "Natural History Museum of Chicago", the film offers viwwers what goes on behind museum walls, like that museums only show about 2% of their collections that can sometimes reach numbers in the millions, or that the common dermestid beetle cleans carcasses of their flesh in preparation for taxidermy. Aside from the educational aspects, the film also offers some of the most complicated human-creature interaction scenes ever filmed, as well as breath-taking visual and creaure effects, most of them more complicated than the "Jurassic Park" series's scenes. The film also shows some of the most visually disturbing images (many which were cut from the final picture), like 2 onscreen decapitations, and bodies being severed in two (please keep in mind though, all these scenes are done in taste, as opposed to the more famous "Nightmare on Elm Street" or "Friday the 13th" series.) And even if you don't include the gore, just the lighting and ambiance of the film is eerie in itself. Other films, when attempting to show a "dark" scene, light up the picture with blue lights, allowing the audience to see the advisary right behind the main characters. In "The Relic" though, most of the scenes are lit only by a flashlight, allowing the audience to see only what the characters see. "The Relic", even though it did not get many good reveiws, is an excellent film that gives you many thrills in under two hours. By the time the film is over, and if you're really into it, I guarantee that your pulse will be up by about 20 more beats per minute. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give "The Relic" an 11. (p.s. you should read the novel first, as to avoid any confusion or loopholes the screenplay may have).


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