The Relic

The Relic

Downloadable Video - 1997
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Come in-if you dare. The opening-night gala for a new exhibit at Chicago's natural history museum is under way. But be advised: something terrifying wants to make sure no one ever leaves. Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt and James Whitmore star in this effects-packed shocker that gives haunted-house movies a terrific new setting. And the non-human star (brought to head-ripping life by Jurassic Park Oscar? winner Stan Winston) is something no creature fan can let slip by. "The creature can hold its own with the Alien, " writes Chicago Tribune critic Gene Siskel. "When the last reel begins...the special effect is truly awesome." Let the panic begin.
Publisher: [United States] :, Paramount :, Made available through hoopla,, 1997.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 109 min.)) :,sound, color.
data file, rda
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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Apr 18, 2018

Relic was the first novel in the Aloysius Pendergast series of novels by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. And yet they completely omitted his character from this film. It was made in the 90s and has withstood the test of time. It's a creature feature if you didn't already know. Set in the National History Museum of Chicago, an evolutionary biologist tries to help a local homicide detective investigate the mutilated murders of several men who arrived on a ship. A tunnel leads from that ship directly under the city and up into the lower bowels of the Natural History Museum where a creature is devouring hormones from the human hypothalamus and is getting bigger and even more dangerous. I loved it. I have a copy I liked it so much. Read the novel too. It's probably the best in the entire series. The second best would be the fourth novel, Cabinet of Curiosities.

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