The Pyramid (film)

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The Pyramid
The Pyramid (film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Grégory Levasseur
Produced by Alexandre Aja
Mark Canton
Chady Eli Mattar
Scott C. Silver
Written by Daniel Meersand
Nick Simon
Starring Ashley Hinshaw
Denis O'Hare
James Buckley
Daniel Amerman
Music by Nima Fakhrara
Edited by Scott C. Silver
Production
company
Silvatar Media
Fox International Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05)
Running time 89 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $10.6 million[2]

The Pyramid is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Grégory Levasseur, produced by Alexandre Aja, and written by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon. The film stars Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O'Hare, James Buckley and Daniel Amerman. The film was released on December 5, 2014 by 20th Century Fox. The film was a critical and commercial failure. Many critics considered it one of the worst movies of 2014.

Plot[edit]

A team of archaeologists discover a vast pyramid buried under the Egyptian desert, and send a robot, Shorty, in to investigate. After Shorty's destruction by unknown means, they make their way inside to recover it. They rapidly become lost, and a section of floor collapses beneath them, wounding and trapping Luke (Amerman). While attempting to climb back up, Sunni (Nicola) is scratched across the face by an unseen creature and falls. Leaving Luke behind to find another way out, they hear him scream, and return to find only a bloody trail leading up the wall.

They are pursued through a narrow tunnel by creatures revealed to be cats when a soldier, Shadid, finds and rescues them. He is then pulled back into the tunnel by an unseen and powerful force. Shortly after escaping a sand trap, Sunni is pushed into a spike pit and fed on by scavenger beasts, dying shortly after. After finding a burial chamber and speculating about an escape route, Dr. Miles Holden (O'Hare) has his heart torn out from behind. His daughter, Dr. Nora Holden, and the cameraman Fitzie flee, though Fitzie shortly returns to discover Anubis weighing Miles' heart against Ma'at to determine entry to the afterlife. Miles is deemed unworthy and crumbles to dust, and Fitzie is discovered and killed. Nora is temporarily captured but manages to escape and pass out near the pyramid's exit. She wakes to discover a child above her, before Anubis lunges at them both.

Cast[edit]

  • Ashley Hinshaw as Dr. Nora Holden
  • Denis O'Hare as Dr. Miles Holden
  • James Buckley as Fitzie
  • Daniel Amerman as Luke
  • Amir K as Michael Zahir
  • Joseph Beddelem as Taxi driver
  • Garsha Arristos as Egyptian Worker
  • Christa Nicola as Sunni
  • Omar Benbrahim as Chubby Intern

Release[edit]

On July 7, 2014, 20th Century Fox picked up the distribution rights to the film, and set the release date for December 5, 2014.[3]

Box office[edit]

North America

Released on December 5, 2014, in 589 theatres,[4] the film underperformed, earning only $1.3 million.[5]

Other territories

Outside North America, the film was released on the same day in 18 markets including the U.K., Russia and Vietnam.[4] It earned $3.8 million from 16 international markets.[6]

Reception[edit]

The Pyramid was panned by critics as one of the worst films of 2014.[7][8][9][10] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film scored only 7%, fourth worst of 2014,[11] with an average rating of 2.7/10. The site's consensus reads "Poorly lit and thinly written, The Pyramid houses little more than clunky dialogue, amateurish acting, and dusty found-footage scares."[12]

Lelsie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a stinker in every sense."[13]

Drew Taylor of The Playlist wrote, "The Pyramid is cursed. Only, instead of an ancient evil, it's just plagued by inept filmmaking."[14]

The Wrap's Alonso Duralde opined, "The ultimate moral of The Pyramid, and of almost every other film where an underground mummy or scarab or tomb wreaks havoc, is that some things were never meant to be uncovered. Some movies, too."[15]

Although investors originally expected the film to make over $20 million domestically[16], The Pyramid cratered with less than $3 million.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE PYRAMID (15)". British Board of Film Classification. September 29, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Pyramid (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ryan Turek (2014-07-07). "20th Century Fox Takes You into The Pyramid This December". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  4. ^ a b Anthony D'Alessandro (December 4, 2014). "Majors Take A Holiday From New Wide Releases – Weekend Box Office Preview". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ Hall, Jacob (December 7, 2014). "Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Pyramid’ Gets Buried Upon Arrival". Screencrush.com. 
  6. ^ Nancy Tartaglione (December 7, 2014). "‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ Commands $23.1M In Overseas Debut: Intl Box Office". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://horrornews.net/92641/black-saints-ten-worst-films-year-2014/
  8. ^ http://www.screenrelish.com/2014/12/06/pyramid-review/
  9. ^ http://www.craveonline.com/film/articles/801875-worst-films-2014-second-opinion#/slide/3
  10. ^ http://news.moviefone.com/2014/12/18/worst-movies-of-2014/#slide=3211956
  11. ^ http://www.movieinsider.com/movies/worst/2014/
  12. ^ "The Pyramid". Rotten Tomatoes. December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ Leslie Felperin. "‘The Pyramid’: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ Drew Taylor (December 5, 2014). "Review: Found Footage Horror Movie 'The Pyramid' Starring - The Playlist". The Playlist. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  15. ^ Alonso Duralde (December 5, 2014). "‘The Pyramid’ Review: It's a Little ‘Indiana Jones’ and a Little ‘Mummy’ — But Mostly Dopey". The Wrap. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.hsx.com/security/view/PYRMD

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