Relic

The Relic

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Director: Peter Hyams

Cast: Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt

     
 

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A mythological creature stalks the halls of a museum during a society fundraiser in this cheap sci-fi horror genre knock-off of Alien (1979). Penelope Ann Miller stars as Dr. Margo Green, an evolutionary biologist at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History who receives a shipment of artifacts from a colleague performing fieldwork in Brazil. Among the contents

Overview

A mythological creature stalks the halls of a museum during a society fundraiser in this cheap sci-fi horror genre knock-off of Alien (1979). Penelope Ann Miller stars as Dr. Margo Green, an evolutionary biologist at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History who receives a shipment of artifacts from a colleague performing fieldwork in Brazil. Among the contents are leaves containing a rare fungus that, unbeknownst to Green or anyone else, attracts the palate of a rapidly mutating, lizard-like monster called Kothoga that has stowed away on a Brazilian freighter and has found a subterranean route into the museum from Lake Michigan. Before long, several museum employees have become decapitated snack food for the beast, which prefers to dine on human hypothalamuses and pituitary glands. Despite dire warnings from the museum staff, a gruff coroner (Audra Lindley) and the investigating detective, Lt. Vincent D'Agosta (Tom Sizemore), the Windy City's oblivious mayor orders a black-tie museum fundraiser to proceed. During the event, the building's high-tech security system locks Green, D'Agosta, the mayor, and many chi-chi party guests in with the hungry animal, forcing everyone to attempt an escape through an underground waterway with which Kothoga is all too familiar.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
As far as monster movies go, The Relic has become its own forgotten token of how to entertainingly present yet another B-movie special-effects monstrosity that gobbles up everything in sight during the course of 110 thrill-a-second minutes. Director Peter Hyams paints a slick picture of gory museum mayhem that has enough scares, wit, and truly claustrophobic settings to elevate it past its initial chilly theatrical reception. Highlighted by Hyams' own masterful cinematography, the tension stays taut even when the ghastly beast isn't on the screen thanks to his plays of light and extreme shadow. Detractors knock the film for its conventional underpinnings, but they don't seem to get the fun that the film has within its genre's own confines, none of which would be possible without the truly likable characters that populate the picture. Tom Sizemore has rarely been as charming, while Clayton Rohner steals the show as Hollingsworth, the sidekick cop who not only saves the lives of most of the trapped museum benefactors, but shockingly lives to see another day. And despite some early stumbling with the script's tongue-tied scientific lingo, Penelope Ann Miller makes for a competent scream queen who is both intelligent and sexy as she battles the deadly creature by using her smarts while also wearing a miniskirt. Casting for the rest of the picture couldn't be better, with all roles big and small filled perfectly with character actors who make the most of their screen time. And the monster? While early on in the development of CG animation, Stan Winston takes much of his Jurassic Park knowledge of practical vs. artificial effects to a new level with this gooey creature. With a wholly original design (despite its Predator-like mandibles), Winston and company present a formidable villain that takes down more than its share of SWAT team members, the rich elite, and even a marijuana-smoking security guard (remember kids -- drugs kill!). Though the flick suffers from certainly one of the slowest "running from the fireball" finales, The Relic still delivers the scares as only a solid monster movie can, which is all that should be asked of it during any late-night viewings.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929302864
Original Release:
1997
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
10,166

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Penelope Ann Miller Dr. Margo Green
Tom Sizemore Lt. Vincent D'Agosta
Linda Hunt Dr. Ann Cuthbert
James Whitmore Dr. Albert Frock
Clayton Rohner Det. Hollingsworth
Chi Muoi Lo Greg Lee
Thomas Ryan Parkinson
Robert Lesser Mayor Owen
Lewis van Bergen John Whitney
Kent George Grad Student
John Debney Conductor

Technical Credits
Peter Hyams Director,Cinematographer
John Anderson Set Decoration/Design
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
John Debney Score Composer
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
Philip Harrison Production Designer
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Rick Jaffa Screenwriter
Amy Jones Screenwriter
Steven Kemper Editor
Dan Lester Costumes/Costume Designer
Gary Levinsohn Executive Producer
Gregory L. McMurray Special Effects Supervisor
Sam Mercer Producer
James Murakami Art Director
Eric Orbom Art Director
Penny Perry Casting
John Raffo Screenwriter
Jack Frost Sanders Asst. Director
Amanda Silver Screenwriter
VIFX Special Effects
Stan Winston Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Relic
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19

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The Relic 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A hidden gem. An interesting story with characters that you care about. No big stars, but all the actors pull their weight. Terrific special effects, but the special effects do not drown the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie may not be creative in it's storyline but it still makes up for that in fx. The creature is stunning and the actors are good.