The Relic

  • 15
  • Peter Hyams (1996)
  • US
  • 105 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Director Peter Hyams pulls out all the stops in this unpretentious, super-slick gothic horror that rings few changes on the Alien blueprint but still delivers the gory goods. An ancient Amazonian beast is creeping around Chicago's Field Museum of natural history on the night of a charity benefit. Can feisty scientist Penelope Ann Miller and detective Tom Sizemore overcome their fears to battle the blood-lusting demon of superstition? Throw some Poseidon Adventure-style panic into the monster mix and the result is a spectacular creature feature that gives a glossy veneer to its time-worn clich├ęs. Scattergun jolts keep the seasoned suspense simmering and Hyams's full-tilt approach to the grisly mayhem is spot on.

Plot Summary

Horror starring Penelope Ann Miller and Tom Sizemore. A series of gruesome murders takes place after a crate of biological specimens from the Amazon jungle is sent to Chicago's natural history museum. Police lieutenant Vince D'Agosta and biologist Margo Green investigate, and they soon realise something unimaginable is lurking deep in the bowels of the museum.

Cast and crew


Dr Margo Green
Penelope Ann Miller
Lt Vince D'Agosta
Tom Sizemore
Dr Ann Cuthbert
Linda Hunt
Dr Albert Frock
James Whitmore
Detective Hollingsworth
Clayton Rohner
Greg Lee
Moui Lo Chi
Thomas Ryan
Mayor Owen
Robert Lesser
Mayor's wife
Diane Robin
John Witney
Lewis Van Bergen
Mrs Blaisedale
Constance Towers
Dr Zwiezic
Audra Lindley
John Kapelos
Toci Wells
Mike Bacarella
Gene Davis


Peter Hyams

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Polygram Filmed Entertainment
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15