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Monster Gallery: The Relic (1997)



“As the flashlight beam hits it, MBWUN roars and looks up. Now we see it clearly for the first time. The monster is MASSIVE, putrid, rank. Slit reptilian green eyes are rimmed in red. A ridge of stiff black hair rises on the creature’s buffalo-like humped back. The withers are muscled and covered with plates. A forked TONGUE licks out as purple lips draw back exposing razor sharp teeth. The claws raise up to fend off the light.” This is how the reveal of the Kothoga plays out in Amy Holden Jones’ The Relic script draft, written in 1995. Since the beginning, the description of the Mbwun for the film adaptation of The Relic was vague — and did not follow closely the design described in the novel.

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