The Valero Verdict: Relic

Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with rating of the movie and a short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, IFC Midnight’s film, Relic.

A daughter, mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family’s home.

Horror films more often than not get it wrong, whether it be the cheesy jump scares or the lack of caring about the script. For me, Horror films either have it, or they don’t. Relic is one of those films that has IT.

The story starts with Kay’s (Emily Mortimer) mother, Edna (Robyn Nevin) who suffers from dementia is missing. The search parties go out looking for her, and no one can find her one day Kay comes home and she is there.

The film has a slow pace to it, which more often than not, doesn’t work. Natalie James and Christian White did a remarkable job of building up this idea in your head that you were never sure what was going to happen. That kept me invested and intrigued by what was happening next.

Robyn Nevin is remarkably creepy within this role of Edna, this older lady who has ‘issues’, I guess we could say without spoiling anything. She had very few words at times but said a lot which was pivotal in various points of the film.

Horror films tend to have good scores by default, but they did a great job of intertwining Brian Reitzell’s score with the film. It was loud when it needed to be loud and soft when it needed to be soft. In the final 15 minutes of the film, I WISH I would have felt that inside a theater.

When the film gets to its climax, it is so damn good. It’s heart-pounding, the edge of your seat thriller style feel to it. I just ate it up, and the ending, WOW! Just emotionally train wreck of events that breaks your heart.

The Verdict:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Relic is a heart-pounding thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end.

The film just hits on every level with top flight writing and remarkable performances from all parties. I HIGHLY recommend checking this out as soon as it comes out.

Relic will be Available in Select Theaters, Digitally and VOD on July 10th.

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