The Pyramid (Blu-ray)

May 8, 2015 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton and Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Continuing in the Found Footage style of horror films, The Pyramid follows a team of archaeologists who uncover an ancient pyramid deep below the Egyptian desert. Most viewers will know quickly that there’s more going on here than the archaeologists simply being buried. They’re also being hunted. I suppose they’re so busy working that they haven’t seen a single horror movie for the past several years. That’s beside the point. Ashley Hinshaw, David O’Hara and James Buckley lead the cast, but the characters here are all interchangeable. This film reminded me of another recent horror effort involving characters being buried below the surface. That film was As Above, So Below. That and Pyramid are similar in that they take place well below the earth’s surface, and the claustrophobia angle. Not only could both of these films have offered some well-earned thrills, but both fail to garner any serious thrills and make the most out of their premises. In fact, I was fairly bored during most of this film.

I must admit that I still haven’t jumped on the found footage bandwagon. I don’t think that will ever happen. If there’s some producer somewhere out there that thinks it enhances the viewing experience, then this producer should be relieved of his or her duty. It doesn’t help that much of Pyramid takes place in near total darkness. Obviously, this is to help give a better recreation of being trapped in a pyramid, but it’s frustrating, to say the least, when the viewer has a hard time seeing a thing. At the very least the film could’ve offered some cheap thrills, but even those aren’t present here. Instead, it goes for the loud, jump scares with the hyper editing style that’s beyond irritating at this point. There was potential here, but the film doesn’t live up to that. Instead, it becomes a yawn. Slow and boring isn’t what I want from a horror film, but that’s what I got here. Skip it.

Video: How’s it look?

This film has a bit of a unique look to it in that the first half is your standard “desert” section. We’re not talking Lawrence of Arabia here, but the typical stark contrast between human flesh and the ground, that makes way for an interesting-looking transfer.  Once inside the pyramid, we’re presented with a much darker palette and I found a few minor inconsistencies in the black levels and shadows. It’s nothing horrible, but it was noticeable.  This 2.35:1 AVC HD image isn’t bad by any means, but to watch it means you have to watch the film…

Audio: How’s it sound?

A fairly standard DTS HD Master Audio offering here. Yes, there are some moments that will jolt your speakers to life and the typical “jump” because it’s a horror movie and you’re supposed to be scared. Vocals are rich and crisp with no distortion. The surrounds actually do offer up a nice little ambiance in some of the opening scenes and with the second act, play a smaller, yet no less important, part.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Extended Ending – This adds another minute to the film. At this point…why not?
  • Promotional Featurettes – Four total that add to the “allure” of the film.
      Fear – An early screening of the film is shown.

      Space Archaeology – In the scientific realm of things, some new technology is shown.

      Egyptian Myth – Some experts are shown waxing prophetic.

      Partners –  Producer Alexandre Aja and Director Gregory Levasseur are profiled and have actually been friends since they were children. Ain’t that cute?

  •  Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Digital HD Copy

The Bottom Line

Taking a potentially solid premise and squandering it, you won’t find much to admire in The Pyramid. It lacks thrills and is so poorly lit that it’ll likely frustrate viewers more than scaring them. Skip it.

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