Peter Hyams’ The Relic (1997) was recently on Netflix so I decided to watch it again. I love how the beginning of the movie reels you in with the promise of a deep horror movie. We start off with a scientist sending leaves with orange spots back to the Chicago Museum of Natural History. After some time the fellow scientists discover that the fungi on the leaves are the new discovery.
The tribe are briefly featured in a flashback and it was great. After that we get a classic horror movie cookie cutter movie where a damsel (scientist Dr. Margo Green played by Penelope Anne Miller) fights off the lizard creature that eats the fungi off the leaves. This is science meets horror but I felt the movie just did not flow the way it should have.
There are moments of okay action but just not enough to redeem the movie. I will not watch this again.
About The Relic (1997)
Starring: David Proval, Tom Sizemore, Robert Lesser, Francis X. McCarthy, Clayton Rohner, Jophery C. Brown, John Kapelos, Tico Wells, Gene Davis, James Whitmore, Thomas Ryan, Penelope Ann Miller, Santos Morales, Mike Bacarella, Ralph Seymour, Linda Hunt, Lewis Van Bergen, Constance Towers, Audra Lindley, John DiSanti, Dave Graubart, Ronald Joshua Scott, Thomas Joseph Carroll, Montrose Hughes, LaDonna Tittle, Eddie Jemison, David Hollander, Mandy Ingber, Chi Muoi Lo, Diane Robin
Director: Peter Hyams