Relic – the much-lauded horror film (and first feature) from director Natalie Erika James – is screening tonight (9 October) at the London Film Festival. It’s an online screening, and at the time of writing (typing?) there are still tickets available.
Here’s the synopsis:
A daughter, mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family’s home.
It’s sometimes a hard watch, especially if you’ve seen family members suffer with dementia, but it’s also really good – James weaves her haunted house horror story, its allegories of a life and its memories being torn apart, into the actual realities of living when one’s memory is fading.
I loved it (it’s both eerie and horrific) though I did find it upsetting; and unsurprisingly for this kind of horror film, reactions have been split. Here is the Rotten Tomatoes critics / audience score:
Usually when films are polarising I end up giving them a fence-sitting three out of five, unsure what the fuss was about at either end of the appreciation spectrum. With Relic though I enjoyed it from the first minute.
If you can’t watch it tonight, Relic is released in selected UK cinemas and on digital on 30 October.