The Pyramid (2014)
Critic Consensus: Poorly lit and thinly writ, The Pyramid houses little more than clunky dialogue, amateurish acting, and dusty found-footage scares.
The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who've dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren't just trapped, they are being hunted. (C) Fox
|Rating:||R (for some horror violence and bloody images)|
|Directed By:||Grégory Levasseur, Simone Chiesa, Roberto Albanesi, Antonio Zannone, Alex Visani, Luca Alessandro|
|Written By:||Daniel Meersand, Nick Simon|
|In Theaters:||Dec 5, 2014 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 5, 2015|
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Critic Reviews for The Pyramid
Like so many filmmakers before him, Levasseur doesn't seem to grasp that in the horror genre, less can be more.
If you're looking for cheap scares and have 90 minutes to kill, you could do worse than The Pyramid. But not a lot worse.
The air inside the pyramid isn't the only thing that's stale in this ludicrous yet mildly likable horror film.
"The Pyramid," despite an unpretentious matinee vibe, is mostly interesting in seeing how little light can be on screen before a bare minimum of suspense and coherence dissipates. There is, truly, not much to see in this movie.
Audience Reviews for The Pyramid
A found footage thriller that should've gone lost during the development stage of production, The Pyramid schemes moviegoers into more paranormal inactivity. It's not even scary, dammit. Worse, audiences just saw similar - and, sadly, more frightening - goings-on in As Above, So Below, a trashy scarer that suddenly seems as A-Level as The Exorcist following a viewing of this creaky feature. In regards to it being a faux documentary, they don't even try. In one scene, all of the cameraman stand on a floor and suddenly there's a POV from the ceiling. Funny, it doesn't look like recently discovered footage from a documentary crew. It just looks like the cameramen have the shakes. Then, the camera turns on them...the only ones WITH bloody cameras. Yes, continuity ends up to be the scariest aggregate of The Pyramid...until CGI sphinxes get thrown into the mix, that is. These NES-quality pixelations convince no one that terror lurks in these cinematic catacombs. In fact, they invite many rounds of laughs instead.
In this R-rated horror flick, an archaeological team (Hinshaw, Buckley) attempts to unlock the secrets of a lost pyramid only to find themselves hunted by an insidious creature.
It truly becomes a pleasure watching these uninteresting characters get picked apart one by one. If only it happened faster. Even at a trim 90 minutes, the end of this horror-bull can't come fast enough. In what's perhaps the dumbest misstep of the movie, the producers cast a recognizable face in Denis O'Hare. Even though he doesn't equal the familiarity of, say, George Clooney, you definitely know the face which takes you light years away from suspending any disbelief for this cheap piece of Barnum.
Bottom line: Dumb of the Dragon Emperor
This started out promising but quickly derailed. It was also frustrating that this film couldn't decide if it wanted to be a "found footage" movie or not. It kept switching back and forth between first and third person which was really annoying.
Another great concept ruined. In the final act, when the "monster" is finally unveiled, I just lost all respect for the film. I had such high hopes too! Skip it. It's bad.
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