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
Horror
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Relic is very well shot and excellently uses editing and sound to build tension. It does a pretty good job of paying it all off, although there are parts of the film I feel could have done with a bit more trimming. The film also resolves at a rather odd pace, but in the end is interesting enough to make it all worth it. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

press

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.

Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects

press

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

Variety

Variety

press

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

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

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.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

An Australian horror movie not to be missed.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

press

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.

Film School Rejects

Film School Rejects

press

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

Variety

Variety

press

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

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

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.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

An Australian horror movie not to be missed.

Relic is very well shot and excellently uses editing and sound to build tension. It does a pretty good job of paying it all off, although there are parts of the film I feel could have done with a bit more trimming. The film also resolves at a rather odd pace, but in the end is interesting enough to make it all worth it. - letterboxd.com/therealclose

4.0