Relic

Relic

Relic

Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island) leads this haunted house horror as a woman searching for her dementia-ridden mother in their old country home. Co-stars Robyn Nevin (Top of the Lake) and Bella Heathcote (The Neon Demon).

When elderly mother Edna (Nevin) inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay (Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Heathcote) rush to their family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behavior turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her.

2020Rating: M, Horror themes, violence and coarse language89 minsUSA, Australia
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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Rarely is the nature of death explored in as terrifying and tender a fashion...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

For most of its running time, Relic feels more like a chamber piece than a full-fledged horror outing, but a nail-biting third act ups the ante.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

A sinister slow-blooming portrait of domestic horror.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A low-key but satisfying cut of sustained dread.

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Independent

Independent

The richest, most satisfying brand of chiller there is.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

The more grotesque its imagery, the more tender its twists.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

Natalie Erika James’ debut doesn’t just tug at the heart, Relic wraps around it and steadily sinks its teeth into it.

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Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times

The feel-dread movie of the year.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Deftly merges the familiar bumps and groans of the haunted-house movie with a potent allegory for the devastation of dementia.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

A haunted house stands in for strained mother-daughter relationships in this psychological horror film from Japanese-Ausssie director Natalie Erika James, who joins with three top actresses to mess with your head long after you turn out the lights.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Relic takes its time, but exerts an ever-tightening hold on the imagination.

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

What begins as a more straightforward yet psychological approach to haunted house fare explodes into full-blown horror in a wholly unexpected way, and Relic marks one audacious debut.

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Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects

Like Mike Flanagan before her, Natalie Erika James is a filmmaker who flawlessly blends terrifying horror with the ache of humanity.

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Variety

Variety

Natalie Erika James' striking, somber, strange horror debut follows three generations of women being drawn into the grandmother's dementia.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

My favorite horror movie of this year’s Sundance Film Festival is Natalie Erika James’ terrifying “Relic,” a slow burn genre pic that erupts in a climactic final act that had me fidgeting and squeezing my hands together with anxiety.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

An Australian horror movie not to be missed.

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