Relic: Horror Movie from Australia’s Natalie Erika James

Natalie Erika James directed The Relic, a scary and original horror film, based on a script by her and Christian White, starring Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin and Bella Heathcote.

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Official promotional poster

Relic world-premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Fest, and was released on July 3, 2020 in the US by IFC Midnight

When Edna, the demented, elderly, and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam travel to their remote family home to find her. They discover the house locked from the inside, and a strange black mold-like substance on a wall. Much of the furniture has been adorned with Post-it notes of reminders for Edna.

That night, Sam is visited by their young neighbor Jamie, who states that he had not visited Edna for a while, after his father had told him not to go back to the house.

Sam and Kay grow increasingly disturbed by loud creaking from the walls and the appearance of more black mold throughout the house; Kay experiences nightmares of a withered rotting corpse the woodlands’ old shack.


Directed by Natalie Erika James
Produced by Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw

Written by Natalie Erika James, Christian White

Music by Brian Reitzell
Cinematography Charlie Sarroff
Edited by Denise Haratzis, Sean Lahiff

Production companies: Screen Australia
Film Victoria
Nine Stories Productions
Carver Films

Distributed by IFC Midnight (US)
Stan (Australia)

Release date: January 25, 2020 (Sundance), July 3, 2020 (US)
Running time: 89 minutes