The Relic (1997)

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A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a South American lizard-like god, who's on a people eating rampage in a Chicago museum.




  • Tom Sizemore in The Relic (1997)
  • The Relic (1997)
  • The Relic (1997)
  • Tom Sizemore in The Relic (1997)
  • Penelope Ann Miller and Tom Sizemore in The Relic (1997)
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11 December 2015 | Wuchakk
| Monster on the loose in a Chicago museum, but it's too dark (literally)
Released in 1997, "The Relic" stars Penelope Ann Miller and Tom Sizemore as a biologist and detective in Chicago who team up after a series of brutal deaths at the Chicago museum where the former works. James Whitmore, Linda Hunt and Chi Muoi Lo co-star as scientists at the museum.

This is a gory monster movie made with a whopping budget and an intriguing sci-fi concept concerning the creature, but it's hindered by bad lighting and bland characters. As far as the former goes, this is one of the darkest movies I've ever seen that doesn't take place in a cave. Regarding the latter, Sizemore is good, but Miller is only serviceable with the rest of the characters being merely okay. I suppose it doesn't help that the story lacks dramatic drive. People laud the film for not throwing in a romantic subplot between the protagonists, but SOMETHING needed done to make it more compelling. How about throwing in some teens visiting the museum – something! Nevertheless, there are some legitimate scares, the kills are utterly savage and the monster, location and sets are good.

The film runs 110 minutes and was shot at the awesome Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, with interior/studio work done in Los Angeles.


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Release Date:

10 January 1997



Country of Origin

UK, USA, Japan, Germany

Filming Locations

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,064,143 12 January 1997

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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