Fresh Take On The Genre

IFC Midnight has released a trailer for the upcoming film Relic, the haunted house horror which was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival.

The film stars Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote as a mother and daughter who return to their family home to care for the old girl, who suffers from dementia, only to find some very sinister things going down.

Here’s the trailer –

The official synopsis reads –

“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 and clashes with Sam’s unabashed enthusiasm to have her grandma back. As Edna’s behavior 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 has been getting a lot of love from critics after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com said –

“This is a remarkable debut, a movie that deals with a common theme of Sundance 2020 (dementia) in a way that feels new and daring. It is not only our bodies and minds that will destroy us but when our loved ones leave us behind to face the demons on our own that damns us in the end.”

Relic was written by Natalie Erika James (who also directs) and Christian White. It was also executive produced by the Russo Brothers, along with Mike Larocca, Todd Makurath, Wang Zhongjun, Wang Zhonglei, and Hu Junyi, and produced by Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riva Marker

Relic will be released on July 10th in theaters, and then again, maybe it won’t.

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