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|Original title:||The Pyramid|
|Production country:||USA 2014|
|Running time:||Ca. 89 Min.|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
The young archaeologist Dr. Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) and her father Miles (Denis O'Hare) have a groundbreaking discovery in the Egyptian desert: with the help of satellite images they have discovered a unique three-sided pyramid that has been hidden deep in the desert sand for over 5000 years. Together with the reporter Sunni Marshe (Christa Nicola), the cameraman Fitzie (James Buckley) and the robotics expert Michael (Amir Kamyab), this discovery should now be investigated as quickly as possible. But when unrest breaks out in nearby Cairo, the military forces Nora and her father to break off the expedition and evacuate the site immediately. But of course the researchers do not simply want to accept this. They use the general excitement to venture inside the pyramid without escort. But it won't be long before they regret this decision bitterly. Because inside this tomb they are not alone...
"The Pyramid - Grave of Horror" is the directorial debut of Grégory Levasseur, who previously worked as an author on numerous films by horror genius Alexandre Aja ("The Hills have Eyes", "Mirrors"). Levasseur undoubtedly made a special impression with his script for "High Tension", which featured original twists and an enormous atmospheric intensity. In view of that, he might have written the script for his directing debut himself. Because what was available to him here as a template is at best average without any surprise effect. The fact that the staging also starts in the badly worn Found Footage style, but doesn't even consistently pull it through, further clouds the pleasure of this mummy horror.
The movie has its good and effective moments. Once you've fought your way through the somewhat tough beginning, which plays a bit too much with the common found footage elements, the first few minutes inside the pyramid actually bring something of tension. The claustrophobic atmosphere and some skilfully placed moments of horror console the audience over the rather wooden play of the actors and the many clichés. If Levasseur had focused primarily on classic horrors, the archaeologist's horror could have worked well. A hopeless situation, narrow, oppressive corridors and of course deadly traps offer enough potential for this.
However, unfortunately in the last third less convincing CGI effects are increasingly used, which remove any existing horror from the story. At the finale Levasseur not only loses sight of the atmosphere, but also of the already thin story. Although it's a bit more solid here, there aren't likely to be any real genre fans who really feel something like exciting suspense here. What started quite neatly now only seems boring and sometimes unintentionally funny.
Sicherlich, "The Pyramid - Grab des Grauens" is by far not the worst representative of his subject. The film has too many good - or let's say decent - moments to offer for that. But the misbelief in the minds of too many filmmakers and producers that CGI monsters can produce real horror destroys every good potential that the film might have had. The weak script further reinforces this impression. If you can overlook the last 20 minutes, you get a decent genre fare. No more, but no less. This is only enough for one: worth seeing conditionally!
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