Relic , an Australian horror film premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, is the directorial debut for Natalie Erika James. You will read in several places that it is "the most terrifying of the year" ... "totally disturbing" ... "to the point of biting your nails". None of that is true. It's another mediocre genre movie with certain intentions to "be something else." Let us begin.