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
Budget $6.5 million
Box office $15.4 million[2]

The Pyramid is a 2014 American found footage 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 and was widely panned by critics.

Plot[edit]

The film takes place during the Egyptian protests in 2013. An archaeological team discover a vast pyramid buried under the Egyptian desert; a pyramid that has three sides and not four like the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Using satellite technology they determine the pyramid to be 600 feet deep. A tunnel that leads into the apex of the pyramid is discovered and upon opening, releases toxic air which poisons a worker. Shortly afterwards the team is ordered to leave the site because of the uprising in Giza. The team, composed of father and daughter Miles and Nora Holden, argue over leaving the dig site because they are uncertain of when they can return. Eventually they agree on sending in a remote controlled robot to survey the first few rooms and document the pyramid. Shorty, the robot, enters the pyramid and after examining a small portion of the structure is attacked by an unknown creature and goes offline. 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 Zahir (Amir K) pinning his leg to the ground by fallen debris. While attempting to climb back up, Sunni (Nicola) is scratched across the face by an unseen creature and falls. Leaving Zahir 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 that have survived for nearly thousands of years by cannibalism. 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 the scavenger cat beasts, dying shortly after her fatal wounds. 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, Nora, and the cameraman Fitzie (Buckley) 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. It is afterwards they learn that the pyramid was constructed to imprison Anubis, who was unforgiving and merciless in his goal to reunite with his father/creator, Osiris. Finding a journal from a Freemason explorer, an occupant who had previously discovered the pyramid years ago, they find a way out, but are chased after by Anubis, and Fitzie is discovered and killed. Nora is temporarily captured and soon to be judged by Anubis, but manages to escape with the help of the scavenger cats, and passes out near the pyramid's exit. She wakes to discover a child above her, before Anubis lunges at them both roaring as the camera cuts off.

Cast[edit]

  • Ashley Hinshaw as Dr. Nora Holden
  • Denis O'Hare as Dr. Miles Holden
  • James Buckley as Terry "Fitzie" Fitsimmons
  • Amir K as Michael Zahir
  • Joseph Beddelem as Taxi driver
  • Garsha Arristos as Egyptian Worker
  • Christa Nicola as Sunni Marsh
  • Omar Benbrahim as Chubby Intern
  • Philip Shelley as The Provost

Release[edit]

On July 7, 2014, 20th Century Fox picked up the distribution rights to the film, and was set for a release date for December 5, 2014.[3] The release date it was then released on May 5, 2015 on DVD and Blu-ray as well on video on demand on April 17, 2015.[4]

Box office[edit]

North America

Released on December 5, 2014, in 589 theatres,[5] the film underperformed, earning only $1.3 million.[6] Although investors originally expected the film to make more than $20 million domestically, it made less than $2.8 million.[2][7]

Other territories

Outside North America, the film was released on the same day in 18 markets including the U.K., Russia and Vietnam.[5] It earned $3.8 million from 16 international markets.[8]

Reception[edit]

The Pyramid received extremely negative reviews from critics, with Moviefone and CraveOnline both naming it one of the worst films of 2014.[9][10] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 11%, based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 2.7/10. The site's consensus reads "Poorly lit and thinly writ, The Pyramid houses little more than clunky dialogue, amateurish acting, and dusty found-footage scares."[11] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 24 out of 100 based on 16 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[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] Alonso Duralde of The Wrap said, "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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE PYRAMID (15)". British Board of Film Classification. September 29, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "The Pyramid (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  3. ^ Turek, Ryan (July 7, 2014). "20th Century Fox Takes You into The Pyramid This December". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Turek, Ryan (July 7, 2014). "Did you miss The Pyramid in theatres it on Digital HD April 17th and then online and in stores on Blu-ray and DVD May 5th". Dread Central. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Hall, Jacob (December 7, 2014). "Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The Pyramid’ Gets Buried Upon Arrival". Screencrush.com. 
  7. ^ "HSX.com – MovieStock : The Pyramid". Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ Nancy Tartaglione (December 7, 2014). "‘Exodus: Gods And Kings’ Commands $23.1M In Overseas Debut: Intl Box Office". Deadline.com. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Worst Films of 2014". CraveOnline. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ "The 10 Worst Movies of 2014". The Moviefone Blog. Retrieved January 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ "The Pyramid". Rotten Tomatoes. December 5, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Pyramid". Metacritic. Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  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. 

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