I’ve been awaiting the arrival of this film ever since watching the trailer a few weeks ago. It had that depth of darkness and a feeling of realness to it that I look for in a good horror film. Relic explores the subject of dementia in a unique fashion that will pull at your heart strings. Especially for those that have dealt with the illness first hand.
Relic is essentially a drama which disguises itself as a horror film by using a few of the classic horror conventions and clichés. The metaphors provide the real horror here.
The three main actors do a great job of conveying the story and deliver a wonderful performance that will leave you emotionally gripped throughout. Where Relic lacks, is in pace. At times it can be rather dull, long winded and only finally picks up in the last 1/3rd of the film.
The climax of the film will have you on the edge of your seat and is easily the best part of the film. Those that don’t like thought provoking, symbolic conclusions will probably want to stay clear of this one. Still, it’s one of the more memorable endings to a film I’ve seen in a while and undoubtedly uncomfortable.
This one is worth the runtime just for the brilliant score, ambiance and composition. You definitely need a decent pair of headphones or a nice sound system to get the most out of this one. The film is very dark, visually, it can be hard to make out specific details in most scenes. Obviously this is done to expand the creepy and unpredictable atmosphere but if anything, makes the film seem duller.
It’s not a 10/10 movie by any means but it does serve as a mildly entertaining way to pass an hour and a half of time. Especially if you don’t have anything else to do or watch. Give it a go, you may like it.
My retrospective on this one: sometimes you have to discard the old version of a person you knew and learn to love them for what they’ve become.
Review by horrorbladesreviews