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The Relic Details


A mythological creature stalks the halls of a museum during a society fundraiser in this cheap sci-fi horror genre knock-off of (1979). Penelope Ann Miller stars as Dr. Margo Green, an evolutionary biologist at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History who receives a shipment of artifacts from a colleague performing fieldwork in Brazil. Among the contents are leaves containing a rare fungus that, unbeknownst to Green or anyone else, attracts the palate of a rapidly mutating, lizard-like monster called Kothoga that has stowed away on a Brazilian freighter and has found a subterranean route into the museum from Lake Michigan. Before long, several museum employees have become decapitated snack food for the beast, which prefers to dine on human hypothalamuses and pituitary glands. Despite dire warnings from the museum staff, a gruff coroner (Audra Lindley) and the investigating detective, Lt. Vincent D'Agosta (Tom Sizemore), the Windy City's oblivious mayor orders a black-tie museum fundraiser to proceed. During the event, the building's high-tech security system locks Green, D'Agosta, the mayor, and many chi-chi party guests in with the hungry animal, forcing everyone to attempt an escape through an underground waterway with which Kothoga is all too familiar. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:January 10, 1997


Penelope Ann Miller
as Dr. Margo Green
Tom Sizemore
as Lt. Vincent D'Agosta
Linda Hunt
as Dr. Ann Cuthbert
James Whitmore
as Dr. Albert Frock
Clayton Rohner
as Det. Hollingsworth
Chi Muoi Lo
as Greg Lee
Tommy Ryan
as Parkinson
Robert Lesser
as Mayor Owen
Lewis van Bergen
as John Whitney
Robert Lesser
as Mayor Owen
Tommy Ryan
as Parkinson


Peter Hyams
Gale Anne Hurd
Sam Mercer
Douglas Preston
Book Author
John Raffo
Amanda Silver
Rick Jaffa
Peter Hyams
John Debney
Composer (Music Score)
Steven Kemper
James Murakami
Art Director
Gary Levinsohn
Executive Producer
Stan Winston
Special Effects
Jack Frost Sanders
First Assistant Director
Penny Perry
Stan Winston
Creature Effects
John Debney