Eighteen days into October and I find myself wanting to watch something that is good, engaging, and I’m hoping it will scratch my Lovecraft itch. So I plant myself squarely in front of the tv and begin scouring Netflix for something, ANYTHING, that might fulfill my need today. From the dark shadows of both my youth and the horror culture of the 90s, The Relic reared it’s ugly head to save me from my desire for such a specific movie.
I cannot share with you how much this movie did right. The narrative seats a clearly Lovecraftian storyline in science, making an iconic monster out of a small time anthropologist. If ever we needed a movie monster, with primarily haunting and possession stories gracing the silver screen, this monster is it. That however is only the beginning. Several of the characters pop into the foreground, including the main male protagonist with his heavy superstitious beliefs and a single scene medical examiner that is as playful as she is inappropriate.
The horror of traditional beliefs waking in the modern world isn’t a new concept, but few films have presented the idea in such a well-done and frightening way.
My rating for the Samhain Scare-o-meter is 4.5 out of 5.