‘The Pyramid’ Trailer: Ancient Egyptian Evil Rising

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The Pyramid is the latest horror movie carrying the name of Alexandre Aja (Hills Have Eyes, Horns) – though the famed horror filmmaker is only in a producing capacity this time. Sitting in the director’s chair is Grégory Levasseur, who has been the writer of many of Aja’s films, including High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Mirrors. It’s admittedly Levasseur’s directorial debut, but the experience in the genre is definitely there, and with Aja pitching in, expectations should be set higher than most other freshman horror projects.

As for the actual film: The Pyramid follows a cast of characters who enter a newfound pyramid in the Egyptian desert. However, as they begin exploring the labyrinthine structure, they quickly realize that what they are actually standing in is a sort of prison – and what that prison is keeping trapped inside is something more nightmarish than any of the explorers could’ve imagined. The evils of ancient Egypt are not dead yet.

For those who may have been confused by the mostly ambiguous threats featured in the trailer; if you pause at the (2:16) mark, you’ll notice that final sequence where one of the explorers is dragged down into the depths by a mysterious assailant. A pause and some image brightening reveal that the creatures glimpsed throughout the trailer are in fact dog-like humanoids which resemble the Egyptian god, Anubis. Anubis is of course associated with death and the afterlife – and ushering souls into said afterlife – which has obvious implications for a horror movie.

The Pyramid Movie Trailer 2014 The Pyramid Trailer: Ancient Egyptian Evil Rising

The cast is a group of “seen ‘em somewhere” types, including True Blood alums Denis O’Hare (Russell) and Ashley Hinshaw (Bridgette), along with James Buckley (The Inbetweeners) and Christa Nicola (Home and Away).

All in all, it doesn’t look like there’s anything terribly new or inventive about this horror film – other than carrying the names of two guys (Aja and Levasseur) who have a solid horror track record behind them. At least Anubis beasts, pyramids and Egypt aren’t zombies, vampires, ghosts, demons – in other words, it’s a different type of horror.

The Pyramid will be in theaters on December 5, 2014.

Source: Fox Horror

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  1. Claustrophobic setting with traps and monsters running around, probably be worth a look during the winter. And with Aja and Levasseur you know what you are getting since they are auteurs that do horror pretty well.

  2. Looks interesting, if very by the numbers, but the mix between found footage and conventional filming kinda puts me off.

  3. Looks like it could be interesting with the egyptian angel. Maybe it’s the found footage stuff that’s got me worried… those few shots of the Anubis creature might be all we’ll see. Been burned by found footage monster movies like this so many times before.

    • Also, that last shot of her being dragged back down could very easily be the last scene of the movie if it follows the formulaic monster movie themes. (oh look, the baddie is dead or buried and I’m finally out, but wait…. here comes the sequel).

      • Like the trailers for [REC] showing the very last frame of the movie? Never understood why they do that.

  4. This looks like the tomb from AvP.

  5. Trailer would not play on Screenrant. If you follow a link for it, it tries to make you download something called Quicktime (is that The Flash’s wristwatch?) or tries to sell you something, so nuts to it…I’ll just watch it on Netflix like I do anything else that tries to have strings attached.

    • Quicktime is Apple’s free media player, it has been around for awhile. Don’t know what Netflix has to do with anything though….

      • Was not sure what Quicktime is (I am not the most computer-savvy person ever, but can do the basics). I subscribe to Netflix (both streaming and by-mail DVD services), and watch most movies there when they come out, unless it is something I know I am really going to want to own (like, say, The Avengers movies), which I then by the DVDs of outright. Since I am already paying a flat subscription fee for basically unlimited movies, no matter how many or few I watch in a given month, adding one more movie to the list is like getting it for free to me, to preview or watch in it’s entirety.
        I love Netflix!~!

        • You should marry Netflix and have children with her. We can call them Goldiflix and Netlocks.

        • If you’re talking about just watching the movie on Netflix good luck lol. That won’t be on there for a solid 8 years after DVD release, if ever.

  6. This has the potential to be like REC and The Descent. But my only problem is that I hate it when they mix found footage with conventional filmmaking. Stick to one!

  7. Another movie making our ancestors look bad. SMH

    • Hey, they’ll make all of us look bad in future too (although, we’re not helping ourselves, really, are we?).

  8. The Mummy for Adults?

  9. Entering a recently unearthed ancient tomb, and accidentally breaking the wards on some horror trapped within? This sounds like every 1e AD&D game. . ever.

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