When a grandmother named Edna (Robyn Nevin) appears to have gone missing, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer), and her granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote), decides to check on her. As Kay and Sam arrive at Edna’s home, they confirm she is missing. A police report is filed, and Kay and Sam begin to clean the home and search for clues of Edna’s whereabouts. One morning out of the blue, Edna returns home, giving Sam a tremendous fright when she enters the kitchen. Soon, Edna displays frighting and haunting amounts of dementia, which is slowly taking over. Are Kay and Sam safe? Can they escape before it is too late?
Relic is a unique and different kind of horror film, and honestly, I’ve never seen anything like this one before. While the film is a horror movie at its core, it is also a family drama with nice touches of mystery along the way. A horror film that focuses on both dementia and family drama is quite refreshing and highly gripping at the same time.
The top performances from the three leading cast members are tremendous. They are highly believable, and they feel genuine on-screen throughout the entire duration. I found the positive performances to be quite unexpected.
The visuals were all great, but what was more impressive was the film’s wonderful and creepy soundtrack, which had me enjoying the story even more. The audio track is so filled with great detail that I felt like the creepy old house was even somewhat alive like a main character.
Overall, this is quite a good horror film, a family drama that contains pleasing mysteries. Relic is unsettling and creepy and delivers horror in a fresh style. The performances from the three leads were tremendous, and the soundtrack is certainly praiseworthy. I had an excellent time watching it, which dramatically exceeded my expectations.