Good Monday to you. I realize that this must sound like a Scooby Doo episode, but I assure you that it is not. For this monster Monday, I went back to the 90s and pulled The Relic.
Believe me when I say that the movie hardly resembles the book at all, but this is a fun movie. It’s set in the Museum of Natural History in Chicago, which provides an excellent backdrop for the Kothoga to stalk and kill. It’s days before the opening of the superstition exhibit and the Kothoga statue is on display. The real creature is actually stalking the grounds as well, using the subbasements and underground tunnels to traverse the labyrinth like museum. On the night of the opening exhibit, the Kothoga strikes and manages to cause the security system to shut down, trapping many of the guests (including the Mayor) inside, with 2 of the investigating officers and one evolutionary biologist who uncovers the origin of the monster. This film has a good feel to it, and I enjoy the characters, including the Kothoga. I assure you, that you’ll never look at the musuem the same way again.
Be forewarned, this movie does make use of mid-90s CGI, which did not age well. The filmmakers were smart enough though to also use a great deal of practical effects and shadows to keep the monster from being fully visible. For fans of creature features, this one is a must. Click the image below to grab a copy and read on for the official synopsis.
Synopsis: 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 terrif ying wants to make sure no one ever leaves. Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Si zemore, Linda Hunt and James Whitmore star in this effects-packed shocke r that gives haunted-house movies a terrific new setting. And the non-hu man star (brought to head-ripping life by Jurassic Park Oscar® winner St an Winston) is something no creature fan can let slip by. “The creature can hold its own with the Alien,” writes Chicago Tribune critic Gene Si skel. “When the last reel begins…the special effect is truly awesome.” Let the panic begin.