Ten years before his death, the horror film pioneer Wes Craven said, “Everybody’s making horror films and, to me, not especially well. I don’t know if it’s the corporations taking over studios or what it is. But it really calls for some young filmmakers to come in and just do something from their hearts.”

If there was ever a horror film made from the heart, it’s writer/director Natalie Erika James’s haunting feature debut, Relic

“I started writing Relic when I was visiting my grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s,” James recently told Guardian Australia. “And on this trip, it was the first time she couldn’t remember who I was. It made me think about the ways in which, over time, her relationship with my mother and me had shifted.” The young filmmaker, who is Australian and Japanese, grounds her film in the…

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