The Relic

The Relic (1997)

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Continuity mistake: In the end when the Kothoga is on fire and chasing Margo, it catches up to her in moments. However, everytime it dramatically changes angles, the Kothoga appears a lot futher away than it was previously, but soon after catching up once again. Noting her progress in the room, this situation is not simply replaying the same scene from different angles. Plus when she gets to the water tank, she has plenty of time to spare to hit a lever, climb the device, and jump in before the Kothoga looms overhead.

Plot hole: What happened to the two boys who stayed in the museum past closing, after the homeless guy seemed to attack (or at least be seen to be stalking) them? The next time we see them, it's the next morning, and they're fine. So where did they go? Who helped them? What happened to the homeless guy? The boys couldn't have just hidden, as the homeless guy has been in the museum for ages, and these two boys just got there that day. The homeless guy would have known all the nooks and crannies and every little hiding spot available; he would have caught them.


Factual error: When the beast itself moves, it bounds, but the sound effects make it sound as though the beast is running.

Audio problem: Near the end of the movie, when the police break through a skylight, you can hear the glass break at the skylight, but when the glass reaches the floor there is no sound of the broken glass hitting the floor. (01:24:14)

Continuity mistake: When the two police dogs, Castor and Pollux, run into the dark tunnels and away from the policemen, one of them, Castor, winds up being killed by the Kothoga. The officer who cared for them, Bradley, goes chasing after Pollux in the dark with his flashlight, and Lieutenant D'Agosta chases after him, with a flashlight of his own. After Bradley finds Pollux, he's talking to him and still using his flashlight, when he gets killed by the Kothoga. However, after D'Agosta gets into that room, there is no flashlight lying on the ground, let alone shining on Pollux - as it fell only moments before.


Factual error: In the book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, the monster has been in the museum's subbasement for around seven years, making the lair filled with either partially or fully decomposed skeletons completely plausible. However, in the movie they change the duration to only six weeks. The lair they find in the movie with tons of skeletons doesn't connect with the time it took for them to become that decomposed.

Other mistake: The ship's captain at the beginning is supposed to be speaking Brazilian Portuguese. In reality, he is speaking gibberish, mixing Spanish and Portuguese with a very basic grammatical structure.

Revealing mistake: In the scene, when the bug (actually another Kothoga monster) run out from the box that Margo has opened due to strange noises, there are visible wheels from the puppet of the bug. (00:48:40)


Deliberate mistake: When Margo is in the Superstition exhibit, she thinks she hears/sees something and runs for her life. She gets into the women's bathroom and tries catching her breath before the mirror. Hearing a noise outside of the bathroom, she goes into a stall, locks the door, and stands up on the toilet so her feet don't touch the floor. It was just a little old maid washing her hands outside the stall, and the strange sound Margo heard was the maid using her inhaler. However, how is this little old lady - with asthma, we can assume - supposed to have gotten all the way from deep inside the exhibit to the women's room within seconds, pushing a big heavy cart? Why would she even be in such a hurry? We can assume, however, that perhaps this was a deliberate mistake to show that, after all, maybe Margo wasn't just freaking out over nothing...that perhaps something was in the exhibit with her.


Audio problem: On the Silicon Graphics computers, one of the sound effects heard is a floppy disk drive access sound from an Apple Macintosh computer.

Factual error: When D'Agosta and Hollingsworth are in the Santos Morales, they find blood on the walls and floor which is not only dry but also red. Dry blood is brown.

Continuity mistake: During the autopsy scene, the ties on the medical examiner's mask change between going over the microphone headset and going underneath.

Factual error: When Margo and Lieutenant D'agosta walk into a lab, Margo asks one of the techs what the "soup" is, to which the tech responds Rhinoceros Megarhinos. No such species exists.

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Continuity mistake: When the medical examiner notices that there's something wrong with the brain of the corpse that she is examining, she's making a gesture with her hands but in the next shot she has them by her sides. (00:30:39)

Trivia: Producers Gale Anne Hurd and Sam Mercer wanted to film the movie at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. However, the museum's administration was afraid that the film would not only cast the museum in an unflattering light, but it would also scare kids away from the museum. They were given permission by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago to film there, because they loved the movie's premise.

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Question: How big is the Kothoga? In some scenes, the Kothoga is about the size of a tiger but in other scenes, it's almost the size of a horse. During the Kothoga's attack during the Supernatural exhibit, it is seen chasing a SWAT officer and it's very huge but in another scene, when it crashes through a skylight and lands in front of some computers, it's not very large.

Answer: While the size is never explicitly stated, the creature does seem to be somewhat larger than a tiger and approaching the size of a horse when the scene needs it to be. Perhaps its size changes as it eats and needs sustenance?

Erik M.

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