Decades of Terror 2019: 1980's Supernatural Horror

Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing supernatural horror films from the 1980’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?

The Relic

A homicide detective and an anthropologist try to destroy a lizard-like creature that’s eating people in a museum.

 

United States
Germany
United Kingdom
Japan
New Zealand
1997
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Mutant Film
Catastrophes: 
Fire
6
Too damn dark...
6
5.04
7.04
7.04
2
2
3
Performances
Pace
Plot
Many great names contributed to this picture. From the producers to the creature effects artists, everyone on board in charge of a department has seen bigger and better films. The Relic had everything to succeed, and it has its moments, but it’s not as good as it could’ve been. No matter how much money was injected into this, if you can’t care about the characters, you just don’t give a damn.
The Relic sets the bar too high. Reasoning, suspicions, and theories, courtesy of a legal and medical procedural, fail to impress. This monster kills people for a reason, but do we need to hear the details from the mouth of cold, calculated professionals? The creators can’t afford to show their creature, for obvious reasons, so the whole film is poorly lit. We know what you’re doing, guys!
Now, when we see the beast, or parts of it, and when it kills, an otherwise serious script becomes as campy as a 1980s slasher. There’s a reason some people loathe 1990s horror, and The Relic is part of it. Paradoxically, it’s also everything great about the decade for the right audience. If you like genre flicks with dense mythos, this is for you. For a side dish of gore, look no further.
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