The Relic begins hot. Some on screen text lets the audience know it is the 27th day of an expedition in Nepal. Three people burst into a dark cavern carrying a fourth who is mumbling in a language none of them can understand. Apparently, another is missing. Things never slow down in the fast paced and tense story. The Relic has blood and jump scares, but it is the atmosphere that is the stand out. Akin to an action film, the film is constantly pushing forward at top soles. There is no time to catch the breath the scares take away.
The Relic boasts some fine effects from Matt Falletta and SOTA F/X. These get increasingly more impressive and gruesome as events progress. The final moments (accompanied by equally impressive score) rival anything seen on streaming networks. This is all done nicely as things start off with the characters worried and obviously worse for wear. By the end, things become much more graphic and bloody.
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