Psychological Horror About Dementia, Relic, Gets 100% On Rotten Tomatoes

by : Lucy Connolly on : 26 Jun 2020 14:17
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A new psychological horror about dementia looks set to be the scariest film of the year – at least if its Rotten Tomatoes’ score is anything to go by.

Relic, directed by Natalie Erika James, hasn’t even been released yet – and won’t be until July 10 – but some critics who have had the opportunity to watch it are already describing it as ‘enigmatic, mournful, [and] deeply creepy’.


Basically, it’s everything a horror movie should be, and you’d be remiss if you didn’t give it a watch when it eventually does come out. Except, of course, if you’re like me and can’t watch any horror film without hiding my face behind a cushion.

Give the trailer a watch and see if it’s for you:


Relic tells the story of elderly and widowed Edna (Robyn Nevin) who mysteriously vanishes, prompting her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) to head to their old family home in an attempt to find her.


‘Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna,’ the synopsis reads. The family then become ‘haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family’s home’.

The film has already received a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising it for its ‘slow-burn approach’ that eventually ‘explodes into full-blown horror in a wholly unexpected way’.

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Relic is not just one of the most terrifying horrors of the year,’ Ian Sandwell wrote for Digital Spy. ‘It’s also one of 2020’s best movies.’ Rafael Motamayor from GameSpot agreed, writing: ‘A bone-chilling movie that will earn a few screams and plenty of tears from audiences.’


Other critics praised the film for its tackling of dementia, with Meagan Navarro concluding for Bloody Disgusting: ‘A bone-chilling and devastating depiction of dementia.’

She continued: ‘What begins as a more straightforward yet psychological approach to haunted house fare explodes into full-blown horror in a wholly unexpected way, and Relic marks one audacious debut.’

Varietys review, from Jessica Kiang, read:

In many ways the movie’s simplest conceit is its most chilling and gives rise to its most impressively scarifying filmmaking: A house can be a direct metaphor for the mind of its inhabitant.

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Basically, it sounds absolutely terrifying, so if you’re planning on watching it anytime soon, I’d recommend you have plenty of cushions at your disposal.

Relic will be released on Video on Demand in the US on July 10 and is due on UK screens later this year.

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Film and TV, dementia, Health, horror, Now, Rotten Tomatoes, TV


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  3. Digital Spy

    Relic is 2020's most terrifying horror – and one of the year's best movies

  4. GameSpot

    Relic Review - A Terrifying Horror Movie About Dementia

  5. Bloody Disgusting

    MOVIES[Sundance Review] ‘Relic’ Presents Bone-Chilling and Devastating Depiction of Dementia

  6. Variety

    ‘Relic’: Film Review