Relic (2020)

Relic (James 2020)

If you enjoyed The Babadook (Kent 2014) or The Witch (Eggers 2015) you should watch this film. Understated, with a powerful subtext that leads to a profound final reveal. A horror film that focuses on women, family, and profound questions of caring and life.


Relic (James 2020) – please watch the film before listening!

TOPIC INDEX – Relic (James 2020)(times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
4:00 – Discussion begins
5:40 – the big reveal
10:00 – Kubler-Ross grief cycle
13:30 – the window and the labyrinth
19:15 – kudos for subtly
24:00 – anti-intellectualism and supernatural vs mental decline
31:30 – the neighbor boy
36:00 – gender
38:30 – the neighbor
42:25 – a second viewing
45:50 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Evolving Rubric of Social Responsibility
48:30 – final thoughts

Related Episodes
The Perfection (Shepard 2018)
Scalene (Parker 2011)
Prisoners (Villeneuve 2013)

Related recommended films
The Babadook (Kent 2014)
The Witch (Eggers 2015)


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