VIDEO: The Relic (1997)

A look into the atmospheric horror film The Relic.

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  • David F white

    The Relic is a four legged Predator!!! Still a good movie!!!

  • Gallen_Dugall

    “The creatures didn’t work so they had to use them less” and less is more – certainly Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the Star Wars prequels could have benefited from this.
    The thing about fire suppression sprinkler systems is that they don’t “all” go off at once. It’s kind of the point that the system delivers water to where the fire is (because the heat breaks the glass stopper) and not the whole building which would be a terrible system because water damage is generally worse than fire damage because fire only burns where there’s fuel while “water always wins”. The other thing films usually get wrong is that they don’t need heat to be set off since it’s a glass stopper; just give it a good hard whack and it breaks. Lastly when you have a museum with priceless art and artifacts (or spaces with lots of electronics) in them they generally go with an inert gas system.
    Now you’ve raised an intriguing issue with test audiences… and cat jump scares

  • Nasty In The Pasty

    Ackbar: IT’S A CAT…!!!

  • Tyche

    The main problem with this movie is that they cut out the most interesting character in this and all the following books: Agent Pendergast. They couldn’t very well make sequels after that since all the books in this long series absolutely hinge on that character. I keep hoping someone will pick up these books and start making fun high-budget Pendergast movies. Although, he’s kind of a dangerous character – can be great if cast well but disastrous if not. For those who have not read the books, he’s an extremely rich, eccentric, New Orleans aristocrat FBI agent with ridiculously high IQ and uber bad ass martial arts skills. This doesn’t really adequately describe the character, but it’s as close as I can get in one sentence. You can see the problem, though – if not well cast and well directed he could easily become something laughable and this is a deadly serious character. I would love to see such an atypical action/thriller hero brought to the screen, but instead we get another NYC cop of Italian descent. Gee, we’ve never seen THAT before. Even in the books Vincent is pretty dang stereotypical, but he does get some depth added to him and I agree that casting is good here. I must confess, though, that it has been quite a while since I’ve seen this movie and I just re-read the books earlier this year. (I recommend them. Fun stuff!)

    Speaking of miscastings of book characters, case in point: the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Frankly, Tom Cruise is about as far as you can possibly get from how the character is actually described in the dozen+ books he stars in. Now, I have only read a few of those books, but one is enough to see how ludicrous of a mistake that casting was. Perhaps that’s why we haven’t seen a whole series of Reacher movies staring Cruise. See, the main problem here is that Reacher is a big guy in the books. We’re talking 6’4″ and 220 lbs (or thereabouts) of muscle and bone. The fact that he’s so imposing and downright menacing due to his size alone is central to the character and how every other character he meets reacts to him. Would anyone consider Tom Cruise menacing on first look? I seriously doubt it. His size is also crucial to realistically depicting what he can physically do, especially what he can do to other big menacing characters. I’m sorry, but outside of Hollywood, size does matter – far more often than not. Horrible casting.