The Relic is one of those flicks that's stuck firmly in my mind as being a kick ass monster movie. I watched it three times in the theatres when it was first released. The creature design impressed me, as did a pre-coked out Tom Sizemore and Penelope Ann Miller in her prime.
All I wanted to do Sunday night was watch a kick ass monster movie. And, after much online hunting, I found The Relic. So how does this mid-90s horror tale hold up? Stick with me!
A homicide detective and an anthropologist try and destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.
I admit, when put down on paper, the concept of a South American lizard-like god sounds kind of silly. But the movie sure isn't. It's a dark, atmospheric horror flick with a kick ass monster that decapitates people and eats part of their brains. When that's what you're in the mood for, it's hard to find a better movie than The Relic.
This was made when Tom Sizemore was still a bad ass, and is one of the few lead roles he carried. Sizemore is a great character actor, but I wish he'd become a bigger star. Too bad about, well, you know.
As for Penelope Ann Miller, she's a good looking woman now, but was an uber hottie back in the day. The glasses and little black dress are a nice touch here. Is she the most convincing anthropologist? Who cares.
Mention must also be made of the film's supporting players. They are a quirky bunch who bring a nice sense of humour to the otherwise serious tone. I like the balance a lot.
If you're looking for a kick ass monster movie, it's nice to know The Relic still delivers the goods. It's a Good for me!