Relic ★★★½

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So this film has all of the pieces to make something great, and the imagery is some of the best I’ve seen in a long time, but there is something that didn’t quite click for me. It’s still a really solid film, but I wanted to absolutely love it. We have a typical Horror setup to a not so typical plot. A daughter, mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family's home. That concept is fascinating, and the execution (especially the ending) goes for it with the dementia aspect. I will not spoil what happens within the final act, but I will say how clever it all was. The idea of this “haunted house” atmosphere, showcasing the true panic and claustrophobic-nature of the situation, and giving us some great practical effects, all give us something that most Horror fans won’t forget.

It’s smart, but it also started to lose me in the second act. It wasn’t that I was confused, but it was difficult to see where they wanted to go with the narrative. It’s nice that they didn’t go for the “cheap jump-scares.” It’s handled with much more craft than that of a mediocre studio-Horror film, and it almost has that A24 feel in parts. The haunted house aspect was unexpected yet welcomed, but it was the manifestation of this disease that had me on edge. It almost has that It Follows feel of creativity. The practical scares towards the end work well, and it (certainly) will leave you with an uneasy feeling. There are just certain build-ups to storylines that go nowhere, too many unanswered questions, and scenes that force you to feel the length of the film halfway through. Not every Horror film has to be perfect, and this one isn’t, but it does a lot well. I’m not all there on the ending. It does a lot well, but it will leave many cold. It’s absolutely worth a rental though, and I encourage fans of the genre to check it out. 

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