The Pyramid (2014)

April 12, 2015 - 10:14pm | FrighT MasteR
  Tags: Ashley Hinshaw, creature feature, Daniel Amerman, Daniel Meersand, Denis O’Hare, Fox International Productions, Grégory Levasseur, James Buckley, Nick Simon, Silvatar Media, Site 146, The Pyramid

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Grégory Levasseur
Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley, Daniel Amerman

As repetitive as the genre can be at times, Egyptian mythology is one aspect that hasn't been explored much in horror films. Sure we've had mummies walking around causing all sorts of havoc in the past, but there's still a lot of untapped potential involving pyramids and old Egyptian beliefs. Naturally I was a bit hopeful with this film, but while the potential was there, what we got instead was just another unoriginal horror pic with terrible CG.

The movie follows a team of U.S. archaeologists in Egypt as they uncover the first three-sided pyramid. Before they can explore the damn thing the team is forced to evacuate the area, as it's proven unsafe due to a recent spike in local violence. Not risking the chance of a lifetime, a small group ventures inside (despite warnings) and eventually find themselves lost and hunted down by an unknown creature that lurks in the shadows of the ancient pyramid (and no it isn't a mummy).

There are numerous problems with this movie, from unlikeable characters and plot holes to logical and lighting issues, like there being entirely too much light in this supposedly closed off pyramid. At first the flick seemingly offered some interesting ideas, but as time went on the filmmakers clearly didn't know what to do with them. Though, one thing I did like were the traps inside the pyramid to keep outsiders from exploring. In fact, I found the traps more compelling than the stupid creature that hunted down our leads.

Fortunately this isn't a found footage flick, because I don't think I could've sat through this in its entirety had it been. However there are several moments where we do see through the point of view of the camera. While the creature plays hide and seek with our leads through most of the movie, we're shown a little TOO much of it in the last 20, and of course they chose the CG route--really bad and distracting CG. Not only that but we're given way too many close up shots of the beast, which just made us see how clearly dumb and fake it looks.

On a positive note (aside from the traps) the movie offers some decent pacing, so I was never bored while watching this, but that's where the positive's end as we're thrown one cliché and jump scare after the other, ultimately leading up to a really horrendous conclusion.

From the sloppy script to the terrible CG, The Pyramid is simply another interesting concept that's stuck in a bad movie. I'd advise skipping this one.

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