The Relic

Director: Peter Hyams
Writers: Amy Holden Jones, John Raffo, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Creature Effects: Sam Winston
Director of Photography: Peter Hyams
Editor: Steven Kemper
Music: John Debney
Production Designer: Philip Harrison
Producers: Gale Anne Hurd and Sam Mercer
Paramount; R; 110 minutes
Cast:Penelope Ann Miller, Tom Sizemore, Linda Hunt and James Whitmore

Take one dark, labyrinthine museum, add an attractive evolutionary biologist (Miller) and a superstitious cop (Sizemore). Mix with a smidgen of mysteriously morphing genetic material. Toss in an ancient South American curse and a few gruesome murders. Garnish with one huge, ferocious, head-chomping creature (courtesy of Winston) and you've got yourself a simple, but fun, horror flick — the kind at which the audience laughs one minute and covers their eyes the next.