Musings in the Dark: Horror 101: The Relic


Horror 101: The Relic

This is one of my all time favorite movies.  My bestie and I caught it at the dollar theater waaaaay back in the day.  A detective, Lt. D’Agosta is investigating the decapitation deaths of the crew of a cargo ship and they lead him to Chicago’s Museum of Natural History, where he meets an evolutionary biologist, Dr. Green.  More murders happen in the museum and Green and D'Agosta have to work together to discover the culprit; which just so happens to be the Kothoga, a South American chimeric lizard god. The beast is quickly and constantly evolving due to rapid mutations in its DNA.

What I love most about The Relic is the Kothoga itself; its design, how it kills and what its genesis is. The Kothoga feeds off hormones that are contained in a plant fungus.  When the plants are inadvertently destroyed, the beast must get its nourishment elsewhere, and that elsewhere happens to be the human brain. The Kothoga kills by ripping off a human head in order to suck out the hypothalamus.  The hypothalamus is full of the hormones that the monster needs to survive.  And it turns out that the Kothoga was once human; a fellow scientist who worked at the museum and had a crush on Dr. Green.

This movie is awesome.


  1. I watched the ending of this, but not the entire movie. When that monster was licking her up and her back was pressed against a fence door, or something, man that freaked me out. I would have fainted at that point.


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