The Pyramid (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Grégory Levasseur|
|Produced by||Alexandre Aja
Chady Eli Mattar
Scott C. Silver
|Written by||Daniel Meersand
|Music by||Nima Fakhrara|
|Edited by||Scott C. Silver|
Fox International Productions
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$16.9 million|
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.
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 (180 m) 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. They make their way inside to recover Shorty, and rapidly become lost, then 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 on the corpse of a Freemason explorer (who had been trapped in the pyramid years ago) Nora and Fritzie find a way out through an air shaft, but are chased by Anubis. While climbing up the shaft, Fitzie is grabbed from below by Anubis and killed. Nora successfully climbs to the top of the air shaft, but she is captured before she can get free and is then tied up in the chamber below. As Anubis attempts to remove her heart, Nora cuts through her bonds and escapes while Anubis is overcome by a horde of scavenger cats. Nora finally climbs her way to freedom through the air shaft, but passes out near the pyramid's exit. She finally awakens to discover a child playing with her camera-- when suddenly Anubis appears from the dark and lunges at them both as the camera cuts off.
- Ashley Hinshaw as Dr. Nora Holden
- Denis O'Hare as Dr. Miles Holden
- James Buckley as Terry "Fitzie" Fitsimmons
- Christa-Marie Nicola as Sunni Marsh
- Amir K as Michael Zahir
- Joseph Beddelem as Taxi driver
- Garsha Arristos as Egyptian Worker
- Omar Benbrahim as Chubby Intern
- Philip Shelley as The Provost
- Faycal Attougui as Shadid
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. 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.
- North America
Released on December 5, 2014, in 589 theatres, the film underperformed, earning only $1.3 million. Although investors originally expected the film to make more than $20 million domestically, it made less than $2.8 million.
- Other territories
The Pyramid received extremely negative reviews from critics, with Moviefone and CraveOnline both naming it one of the worst films of 2014. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 13%, based on 38 reviews, with an average rating of 2.8/10. 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." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 24 out of 100 based on 16 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".
Lelsie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter called it "a stinker in every sense." Drew Taylor of The Playlist wrote, "The Pyramid is cursed. Only, instead of an ancient evil, it's just plagued by inept filmmaking." 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."
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