The Pyramid (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | R | Horror, Thriller, Action, Adventure
89 minutes /

User Score: 44/100

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The Pyramid Review


An archaeological team attempts to unlock the secrets of a lost pyramid only to find themselves hunted by an insidious creature.

The Pyramid (2014) is an American horror movie that I highly anticipated seeing after watching the trailers numerous times. I was not disappointed upon seeing the movie, but I was not overly excited or happy. It is either you love it or not because it seems to be meant for an open minded audience. First-time director Gregory Levasseur did a marvelous job directing this okay/average movie that captured my attention throughout the entire movie. It mainly captured my attention because of my curiosity. Gregory has wrote the screenplays for The Hills Have Eyes (2006), P2 (2007), Mirrors (2008), High Tension (2003) and a few others. I look forward to seeing more movies from this young talented director after he directs more of an original script.

The Pyramid is about an archeological team that went on an expedition to explore an ancient pyramid in the Egyptian desert that has been unearthed. The team has to travel in tight spaces that may be too claustrophobic for most people, well it will be for me at least. This movie is similar to most movies that take place underground in a mine or similar setting. Needless to say that most of the horror film revolves around the small/narrow hallways and rooms in the pyramid. I love it and the sets, it was sort of a treat for me.

American father Holden (Denis O’Hare - Dallas Buyers Club (2013), FX’s American Horror Story, The Proposal (2009), Milk (2008), Michael Clayton (2007)) and daughter Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw - Chronicle (2012), About Cherry (2012), +1 (2013)) are archaeologists who want to excavate a new pyramid that is/was buried for five millennia under the desert. The Holdens’ team includes newswoman Sunni (Christa Nicola), her cameraman Fitzie (James Buckley - The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), The Inbetweeners 2 (2014), Charlie Countryman (2013)) and a few others. The pyramid site was closed down upon opening because it discharged a toxic gas that killed one of the workers. Of course, the team cannot resist the urge to explore, so they sent a NASA robot that is named "Shorty" down to explore and take pictures. The team seems not to be thinking logically as they decide to go down and retrieve the robots device after the robot/Shorty was attacked and could not return to them.

I gave this movie a five because I was not too fond of the found footage style. The predictable jump scares were the only thing to give some sort of thrill. One of my highlights was seeing ancient Egyptian “Anubis” who is a creature comprised of half man and half jackal. Another was seeing the pyramid’s shape-shifting interior with the sliding walls and hieroglyphs. The gory scenes were a bit too much for me - the gory scenes are not meant for those with a weak stomach or for a matter of fact, a full stomach. The movie is similar to As Above, So Below (2014), but The Pyramid has an ancient Egyptian set.

About The Pyramid 2014

Title: The Pyramid
Year: 2014
Runtime: 89 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.2/5 stars from 36 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 36
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Denis O'Hare, Ashley Hinshaw, Joseph Beddelem, Ashley Grace, James Buckley, Christa Nicola, Amir K, Faycal Attougui, Philip Shelley, Ait Hamou Amine, Omar Benbrahim, Chakir El Faaiz, Garsha Arristos, Prince Shah
Writers: Daniel Meersand, Nick Simon
Director: Grégory Levasseur