Directed by Natalie Erika James, Relic is a very different type of haunted house movie, putting a very human spin on the well-worn genre. Emily Mortimer leads the cast as Kay, a daughter who returns to the old family home when her mother mysteriously vanishes. Fearing her mother’s dementia is worsening, Kay attempts to put the pieces together, but when her mother returns it becomes clear a dark presence resides within the house.
The first trailer has landed which you can watch below. Produced by Jake Gyllenhaal, and executive produced by The Russo Brothers (Avengers Endgame), Relic is released in selected cinemas and on Digital July 10, 2020.
IFC Midnight invites you to preview RELIC, writer/director Natalie Erika James’ unforgettable and auspicious feature debut. When elderly mother Edna (Robyn Nevin) inexplicably vanishes, her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) rush to their family’s decaying country home, finding clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence. After Edna returns just as mysteriously as she disappeared, Kay’s concern that her mother seems unwilling or unable to say where she’s been clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behaviour turns increasingly volatile, both begin to sense that an insidious presence in the house might be taking control of her. All three generations of women are brought together through trauma and a powerful sense of strength and loyalty to face the ultimate fear together. RELIC had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019 to critical acclaim, praising the film as a fresh and terrifying twist on the notorious haunted-house tale.