Sunday, 10 May 2015

Blu-ray Review: The Pyramid

The Pyramid
Director: Gregory Levasseur
Starring: Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O'Hare, James Buckley and Daniel Amerman
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Retail: $29.99
Running Time: 89 minutes
Rating: R
Buy Link: Amazon


Now available to own on Blu-ray is the found-footage horror flick The Pyramid. Directed by Gregory Levasseur and produced by Alexandre Aja, the film stars Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O'Hare, James Buckley and Daniel Amerman.Special Features includes an extended ending: Featurettes: Fear, Space, Archaeology, Egyptain Myth, Partners and an image gallery.

The Pyramid centers on archaeological team finding a pyramid with three sides buried in the Egyptian desert. Using advanced techology, they estimate that it is 600 feet deep. After finding an access to a tunnel that releases deadly toxins, the father/daughter archaeologicist duo, Miles (played by Denis O'Hare) and Nora Holden (played by Ashley Hinshaw), decide to take a team, along with a camera crew, inside the mysterious pyramid.

As the team investigates the inside of the pyramid, they quickly realize that they aren't alone, as there are cannibal cats that are guarding Anubis. One by one, members of the team start to die off, leaving only a few to battle Anubis.

At first glance, I would have guessed that this film was released direct-to-video or made for Syfy, but it turns out that it was actually released to theaters at the end of 2014. I never recall seeing one advertisement for the film! While the cinematography and dark atomsopher does setup a chilling feeling during the first half of the film, the second act is a completely waisted on cheap CGI shots of Anubis and killer cats. To me it felt like the studio ran out of money before they could finished the film and just slapped something together at the last minute. Overall, what we get is another predictable, unneeded found-footage horror movie that will quickly find it's way into the $5 bin at Walmart.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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