Natalie Erika James next movie

The critical acclaim for Relic signaled the arrival of a promising new horror director with Natalie Erika James, whose debut feature is receiving all kinds of raves for its depiction of the horrors of dementia. And she’s already got several intriguing follow-up projects in the works, all of which will deal with the subgenre of personal horror, with some shades of horror classics like Rosemary’s Baby and The Wicker Man.

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Relic Director Interview

Drawing from personal family experience and a love of J-horror, Japanese-Australian writer/director Natalie Erika Jamesfeature debut hits all the emotional and cinematic marks with Relic. James used her 2016 short Creswick as a proof of concept for her debut and clearly has a knack for the horror genre, tapping into the emotional side of terror. 

I reviewed Relic last week and I recently had the chance to sit down with James to talk about the personal story behind the film, utilizing practical effects, and what she’s up to next.

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relic trailer

Some say that time heals all wounds, but thats a lie. Time doesnt heal; it reshapes. As the years pass, wounds morph into new perspectives and sometimes alter into vague memories or forgetfulness altogether. However, that metamorphosis does not necessarily engender a mending. The degree of pain may fluctuate, but some wounds simply do not heal if the wound is severe enough. Japanese-Australian writer/director Natalie Erika James explores the transformational toll that time and generational trauma has on the physical, mental, and emotional body among three related women with her debut feature, the horror film Relic.

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relic clip

Relic was one of the best-reviewed films at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and now a wider audience will have a chance to experience what the hype is all about. This indie horror flick from writer-director Natalie Erika James is a slow burn loaded with atmosphere, and it’s bound to find new fans of the genre. Ahead of the upcoming release, watch a moody Relic clip below.

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relic trailer

At this point, we all know what to expected from a haunted house horror movie. The poor residents of a very creepy, often old, house are being terrorized by some supernatural forces that picks them off one by one. But Natalie Erika James’ debut feature Relic, which hails from the Sundance Film Festival’s lauded Midnight section, puts a refreshing twist on the haunted house movie, setting up the Emily Mortimer-starring thriller as a family drama about the debilitating effects of dementia. And then things get sinister. Watch the Relic trailer below.

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relic trailer

One of the most buzzed-about genre entries at Sundance this year was Relic, writer-director Natalie Erika James‘ horror film about three generations of women dealing with something potentially supernatural. If that sounds vague, that’s intentional – this is clearly being set-up as one of those “the less you know about, the more surprised you’ll be” movies. Watch the Relic trailer below.

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