The Pyramid (18)
Directed by: Grégory Levasseur
Starring: Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley & Denis O’Hare
Running time: 89 min
A team of US archaeologists unearths an ancient pyramid buried deep beneath the Egyptian desert. As they search the pyramid’s depths, they become hopelessly lost in its dark and endless catacombs. Searching for a way out, they become desperate to seek daylight again. They come to realise they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.
An archaeologist, his daughter, her techno wiz boyfriend and a documentary filmmaker and her cameraman are taking part in the discovery of a new and unknown type of pyramid in Egypt. Deciding to explore the pyramid, they are soon trapped and discover that the pyramid is not as deserted as they once thought. With every footstep they encounter new dangers, until they venture too far and discover their most horrid nightmare comes alive….
The Pyramid is a new found footage type of British horror that sadly is more laughable than scary. The main “frightening” aspects are down to cheap jump horror tactics that simply don’t do anything but add tension to a movie that is sadly lacking in a decent script. There are too many stereotypes in this movie for the audience to believe that anyone will escape unharmed; from the know it all Princeton Professor of Archeology, the out for a Pulitzer Prize Documentary filmmaker to the ever plucky and mildly humorous British cameraman.
Indeed, it’s hard to feel any sympathy whatsoever for any of the characters as they all have their annoying traits. Though perhaps you could feel sorry for the actors, as the clunky dialogue is made to look award winning next to the very cheesy CGI.
For a film that is supposedly set against the Egyptian uprising of 2013, this could have been a brilliant thriller, given the real life looting of museums and artifacts that took place during those events.Sadly, the filmmakers have decided to go for a lower than B-Movie horror flick. Like the plagues of Egypt, this is also best avoided!
2 out of 5 Nerds