First-time writer-director Natalie Erika James’s Relic is as tender as it is terrifying. Following mother-daughter duo Kay (Emily Mortimer) and Sam (Bella Heathcote) after they discover their matriarch is missing, Relic is a family drama first and a horror movie second, which benefits both the film and the viewer. Edna (Robyn Nevin) does return, but true to the genre, something is off. Kay is instantly wary of her mother’s new peculiarities, whereas Sam is happy to have her grandmother back and hopeful she’ll be able to care for her. It doesn’t take long for Edna’s dementia-like symptoms to become more sinister, though. Simultaneously, the house starts to disorient all three generations of women. Literal twists and turns leave Kay and Sam trapped, until they aren’t anymore. More hauntingly beautiful than plain haunting, and with scares and sentiment going hand in hand, Relic delivers a somewhat surprising ending for an ostensible haunted house movie.