Natalie Erika James directs Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin and Bella Heathcote in this horror movie where a mother and daughter stay at grandmother’s house when it becomes clear her senility is making her a danger to herself.
What often feels like a routine and didactic study of ageing actually lurches into genuine terror in the final twenty minutes after some middling creepy tease. James manages to close on a neatly ghoulish but emotionally satisfying image. Most of this is slow boil and low key drama, what is now deemed ‘horror adjacent’, but Relic sticks the landing so well I might actually give it another try.
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