170 user 99 critic

The Relic (1997)

0:35 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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.



(novel), (novel) | 4 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mimic (1997)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
Stars: Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Alexander Goodwin
Deep Rising (1998)
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who have taken over the ship first.

Director: Stephen Sommers
Stars: Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald
Leviathan (1989)
Adventure | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An American deep-sea mining colony stumbles upon a sunken Soviet vessel hiding a horrific secret.

Director: George P. Cosmatos
Stars: Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays
Phantoms (1998)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

One hundred fifty dead, and three hundred fifty missing in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, Colorado, and that's only the beginning.

Director: Joe Chappelle
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Rose McGowan, Joanna Going
Virus (1999)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

When the crew of an American tugboat boards an abandoned Russian research vessel, the alien life form aboard regards them as a virus which must be destroyed.

Director: John Bruno
Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin
DeepStar Six (1989)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

At the bottom of the ocean, the DeepStar Six has just discovered a new and deadly alien menace.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Stars: Greg Evigan, Nancy Everhard, Taurean Blacque


Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Margo Green
... Lt. Vincent D'Agosta
... Dr. Ann Cuthbert
... Dr. Albert Frock
... Det. Hollingsworth
... Dr. Greg Lee
Thomas Ryan ... Tom Parkinson
Robert Lesser ... Mayor Robert Owen
... The Mayor's Wife
... John Whitney
... Mrs. Blaisedale
... Mr. Blaisedale
... Dr. Zwiezic
... McNally
Tico Wells ... Bailey


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Next Evolution In Terror. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:




| | | |


Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Relic  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,064,143, 12 January 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The preparation of the fictional elixir given to John Whitney by the Amazon tribesmen, and the ceremony surrounding it, strongly parallels the real-life consumption of ayahuasca, a psychoactive tea used religiously by numerous Amazon tribes. See more »


The tank into which Margo falls only contains hot water, used to loosen skin from a carcass. At the time she enters this tank, it is switched off and the water is cold. See more »


[first lines]
[Dr. Whitney sits around the fire with the Zenzera tribe, who then hand Dr. Whitney a drink from the boiling pot over the fire]
John Whitney: [Dr. Whitney takes a drink before coughing, when one of the tribe members crawls towards him wearing some sort of beastly outfit] Oh, my God! The Kothoga.
[Dr. Whitney moans in fear, then begins uncontrollably screaming when the tribe member crawls up to him and hisses]
See more »


Referenced in Scarewaves (2014) See more »


Written by Franz Joseph Haydn (as F.J. Haydn)
Performed by Kodaly Quartet
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

More BITE than your average Horror Movie
26 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

With some of the dire, drab and boring horror movies which are getting good credit and reviews it was nice to jump in a time machine, thanks to terrestrial television (and the Horror Channel), and see how horror should be done.

This was a breath of fresh air especially after watching The Babadook.

Though there's a lot of action in the film and a smidgen of science fiction there's more elements of horror. There's an occult/religious angle, there's a demonic beast on the hunt for its next victim, which it dispatches in a very nasty way indeed, but most of all there's tension and suspense by the bucket-of-blood load.

All of this is handled brilliantly under the experienced direction of Peter Hyams, he does a great job of keeping so many components from spilling over while keeping the story believable. Taking a story of this magnitude and getting the reader/viewer to believe it could actually happen is a skill. The first time they think this cannot be real then the writer and director have lost. So respect is also due to the writers and screenwriters for a very impressive job. If somebody want's to make a decent Stephen King adaptation then they should take notes from this movie.

More respect for the creature creation wizard Stan Winston as this is some of his finest work in the horror genre... except of course "John Carpenter's The Thing". The scene where the beast catches a member of the S W A T team while he's running away and pulls his head off his body is awesome; this would have been spectacular to see on the big screen and one of the reasons I prefer wet-work over CGI in effects.

Though there are no big name actors in the film they still give credible performances. The only one that partially hams it up is Chi Muoi Lo, who plays Dr Grant Lee, his character is meant to be annoying but Lo does tend to go over the top; luckily enough he's not in the movie much.

This is an enjoyable horror film which romps away joyously in the action sequences and slows to a creepier pace in the suspenseful scenes. This film speaks to more than just horror movie fans and I would definitely recommend this to everyone to watch just once.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 170 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial