This psychological-horror film about dementia is already predicted to be one of the best films of the year.
A new horror film about dementia just scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it sure looks terrifying and tearful!
Relic is set to hit the theaters on July 3 in the US, although the film already had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2020.
The film tells the story of an old widow named Edna (Robyn Nevin), who has dementia. She mysteriously disappears from her home, prompting her distraught daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) to head to their old family house and look for her.
Just as she disappeared, Edna mysteriously returns. Soon the three women find themselves haunted by a sinister presence that seemingly wants to take control of Edna.
If that isn't spooky enough, watch Relic's trailer below.
Director Natalie Erika James managed to beautifully weave the horrors of the paranormal together with psychology and aging in Relic. The trailer already gave away a dark and somber vibe to the film, and it looks like we can expect more than occasional jump scares and other cheap horror tricks from this film.
This isn't the first time Natalie has used a similar combination to carry out her horror films. In 2017, Natalie also directed a short drama horror titled Creswick.
The short film also involves an aging father who tells her daughter about an evil presence lurking in the house.
It's safe to say that Natalie has a passion for horror films, and she presents them beautifully by carefully cultivating the audience's emotion towards each character. She then pulls the strings and leaves the audience in both a frightened and forlorn state.
A quick look at the critics' reviews will share the same thought about Relic.
Variety describes the film as enigmatic, mournful, and deeply creepy.
Gamespot affirmed this statement and said that the film is a "bone-chilling movie that will earn a few screams and plenty of tears from audiences."
Film Threat's also verified that Relic comes with "a slow-burn approach and explores the connection between three generations of women in the face of the painful, often frightening prospect of aging and dementia."
Relic already received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and Digital spy already called it one of the best movies this year.
However, Relic only rated six stars on IMDB. Albeit, those who claimed to have already seen it during the Sundance Film Festival have attested to its terrifying nature.
Is Relic one of the best films of the year? Will Relic live up to the hype? We have a few days left to see for ourselves, and we can't wait to find out. Friendly reminder, don't forget to bring something to cover your eyes on the horror scenes and wipe your tears on the melancholic ones.