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The Relic1997

The Relic (1997)



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This action-packed horror thriller is filled with plenty of violence, gore, and some genuine chills. A gigantic man-eating mutant creature is lurking underneath the city. When human heads with holes chewed into them begin turning up at a museum, Detective Vincent D'Agosta is assigned to investigate.

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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

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)

A surprisingly entertaining "monster-on-the-loose" picture set mostly in halls and private passageways of Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

July 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Though based on an original and respected novel, Hyams' horror thriller comes across as a pastiche of the genre's conventions as evident in major pictures of the past two decades, such as Jaws and the first two Alien films.

December 23, 2006 | Rating: C
Top Critic

Gore seekers need only to know the body count is high and the scares are cheap as director Peter Hyams shares his beast's repellent disregard for human life.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4

All of this is actually a lot of fun, if you like special effects and gore.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...a deeply silly and perfectly enjoyable no-brainer...

June 27, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Features the best ingredients of contemporary monster movie formulas: loud noises, dark places, isolated characters, sudden images of bloody body parts, and red herrings.

September 23, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Relic


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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


The aboslute, complete, middle of the road, starring that chick you cast when you can't get Renee Russo

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

this is probably the worst movie ive seen in ages, preictable, boring and a stupidly unbelieveable storyline! this movie seriously isnt worth the watch!

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Film Crazy

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