Good Bad Flicks: Exploring The Relic

Exploring The Relic

A bad transfer ruined the film, but The Relic is worth checking out on Blu-Ray.

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Eh, most monsters seem to have random teleportation powers, it's a rule.

Also, can we get over cat scares already? Not interesting anymore.

Yea it's definitely just a cat.
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On the list of things that The Secret World cribs quite liberally and proudly from movie horror was one of my favorites - this guy:


Being a fan of 90s horror movies, I recognized this guy right away as the Cthugha from the Relic and kicking his ass the first time was EPIC! I loved the whole "evolution as a weapon" plotline and turning the monster into something both familiar and grotesque, while becoming a semi-common trope after Mimic the same year, had not yet become stale.

One of my guilty pleasures. It follows Jaws almost beat for beat, but that's fine.

The Kothoga is also a very solid design that remains threatening even after its reveal. I like to imagine this is the type of prey the Predator would hunt on its homeworld.

What always puzzled me was how the corpse of that decapitated dog handler suddenly teleported to the new exhibit in mere minutes.
I mean, did the Kothoga just rush over there after it killed that dude and drop it down on everyone as a prank? Was it just snickering up in the rafters as everyone was trampling over eachother in a panic?

Great gory monster fun though.

Jokes on you, I don't have a cat... But, my neighbors do... 0.o

Other than that, no wonder I could never get into The Relic... Looks like I got a Blu-Ray to find...

Sorry, but it's "Kothoga", not Kothuga. It's with an "O", not a "U".

I love this movie. It's weird but there's just something about The Relic that I just love. It looks very dark indeed, but it all just works for me. I have it on DVD and I think it looks fine. Didn't know it was on Blu-ray though. Gotta pick that up now.

Well, as a counter to that old refrain, John Carpenter's Vampires is substantially better than the John Steakley novel it's based on.

Wait wait wait, back it up a second. Did you JUST criticize the monster being able to pull stealth out of its ass because it's supposed to be wheezing all the time, when just a couple of weeks ago you were defending Jurassic Park 3 for pulling the same "noisy creature is suddenly stealthy" BS because "it was an awesome scene" before you went on a black and white tangent about realism? So which is it? It's okay when you're sticking-up for the movie, but not okay when you're looking for a flaw to nitpick?

loved the books, up to the last of the agent Penderghast series. The last book of the series felt kinda sequelly, but The Reliquary was a great ride!

This was one of the rare times when I thought the movie was actually better than the book.

saw this movie on tv. actually liked it. hiding the monster until the end was good because it did keep you on edge and guessing what that thing is.
now you want me to watch it again which will be close to 15 years since i have seen it. have to go to my local store and ask if they have the dvd.

Hehe, the cat scare trope, never fails ;)

WhiteTigerShiro:
Wait wait wait, back it up a second. Did you JUST criticize the monster being able to pull stealth out of its ass because it's supposed to be wheezing all the time, when just a couple of weeks ago you were defending Jurassic Park 3 for pulling the same "noisy creature is suddenly stealthy" BS because "it was an awesome scene" before you went on a black and white tangent about realism? So which is it? It's okay when you're sticking-up for the movie, but not okay when you're looking for a flaw to nitpick?

Fair point. The difference is that in JP3 it was one scene, whereas in The Relic it was the majority of the movie. If the Kothoga just did it once I wouldn't have mentioned it.

well, you made me order the movie. my store didnt have it so they ordered it in. surprisingly they have to order the dvd from the US. good thing i have a code free player. i live in hong kong, so the dvd code is 3. next week i can enjoy this movie again. good things its cheap too.

Never heard of it before, but sounds very interesting. Will check it out asap :)

CecilT:

WhiteTigerShiro:
Wait wait wait, back it up a second. Did you JUST criticize the monster being able to pull stealth out of its ass because it's supposed to be wheezing all the time, when just a couple of weeks ago you were defending Jurassic Park 3 for pulling the same "noisy creature is suddenly stealthy" BS because "it was an awesome scene" before you went on a black and white tangent about realism? So which is it? It's okay when you're sticking-up for the movie, but not okay when you're looking for a flaw to nitpick?

Fair point. The difference is that in JP3 it was one scene, whereas in The Relic it was the majority of the movie. If the Kothoga just did it once I wouldn't have mentioned it.

Fair enough. I guess the vibe I got from the video was that it just happened in one scene.

Cats are arseholes. Why are they just sitting in random places just waiting to jump out at you. In that clip from that Arnie movie it was in the fridge. Whats a cat doing there? One day they will remake Alien and when it opens its mouth their will be a cat and not that attack extra teeth thing.

I was lucky enough to see The Relic in theaters, and I absolutely loved it. Even went to see it a 2nd time when it stayed in the local theater for a while. There are a lot of small details I remember not noticing until the second time, like the scientist/anthropologist dropping his camera and not caring after being exposed to the fungus, while the same character had been very worried about his camera getting damaged at the very start.

Tom Sizemore did an awesome job as a grumpy cynical cop who finds himself dealing with an unexpected horror. Although it's been a while since I watched it, I remember really liking both Penelope Ann Miller's and Linda Hunt's performances, and also really liking the way their characters were written.

 

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