The Relic

Starring: Penelope Ann Miller & Tom Sizemore
Universal Pictures
RRP: 17.99
Certificate: 15
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When a mysterious artifact arrives at Chicago's natural history museum things start to go wrong. The ship that originally carried the item from its native homeland is found at sea with its crew decapitated. And when the same fate starts to befall members of staff at the museum you realise this is no DIsney movie you are watching...

The Relic was one of those movies that I never got around to seeing on its cinematic release and now, after watching the DVD, I wish I had. This works wonderfully on the small screen, but it really needs a cinema setting to do it justice.

It starts off pretty run-of-the-mill and builds towards a climax with enough scary moments to keep even the hardest of horror nuts on the edge of their seats. I have not jumped at a movie for ages, but I am ashamed to admit that I jumped so many times at some of the most cliched settings (for example there is a scene were a cat jumps out of some crates. Name a horror film where that hasn't been used.)

And the movie has one mother of a beast at its centre. The monsters from Aliens, Predator and Terminator all look like kittens compared to this mother - one of Stan Winston's greatest, and scariest creations.

The disc itself lets itself down in the extras department with only a trailer to keep you happy.

This is one of the best horror/sci-fi movies I have seen for a long time. While there is nothing original here it is still a damn fine movie.

Pete Boomer

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