The Relic

The Relic

Peter Hyams (1996)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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 clichés. Scattergun jolts keep the seasoned suspense simmering and Hyams's full-tilt approach to the grisly mayhem is spot on.


A detective and a biologist are hurled into a desperate battle with an ancient Amazonian man-eating monster stalking Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. Meanwhile, the stubborn city mayor ignores their pleas to evacuate and insists on holding a fund-raising party in the building - setting them on a mission to avert a massacre. Horror, with Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore and Linda Hunt.

Cast & Crew

Dr Margo Green Penelope Ann Miller
Lt Vince D'Agosta Tom Sizemore
Dr Ann Cuthbert Linda Hunt
Dr Albert Frock James Whitmore
Det Hollingsworth Clayton Rohner
Greg Lee Chi Moui Lo
Parkinson Thomas Ryan
Mayor Owen Robert Lesser
Director Peter Hyams
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Polygram Filmed EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence and swearing.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray