The Pyra­mid

Stalk Like An Egyptian

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & Blu-Ray -

Re­lease Date: 13 April 2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD Direc­tor: Gré­gory Levasseur Cast: Ash­ley Hin­shaw, De­nis O'Hare, James Buck­ley, Daniel Amer­man, Amir K

an­other mummy film? No, ac­tu­ally. Though for­mu­laic, The Pyra­mid is slightly more orig­i­nal than that, in­stead spin­ning scares from the an­cient Egyp­tians’ pan­theon of gods.

Set in­side a pyra­mid buried hun­dreds of feet un­der­ground, it has more in com­mon with spelunk­ing shocker The De­scent than Stephen Som­mers’ ban­daged fran­chise. A fa­ther/ daugh­ter ar­chae­ol­o­gist team, their tech guy and a doc­u­men­tary crew are picked off by two dif­fer­ent threats: small, scur­ry­ing some­things, and a big­ger beast that yanks peo­ple into crawl- spa­ces like it’s been watch­ing Alien and tak­ing notes.

The found- footage for­mat is used in­ter­mit­tently, reg­u­larly set aside in favour of an om­ni­scient POV. That’s

Not

per­haps for the best, as the guy be­hind the cam­era, The In­be­tween­ers’ James Buck­ley, is one of the film’s strong points. Serv­ing as the au­di­ence’s proxy, he talks a lot of com­mon sense, although the role does steer so close to TV per­sona Jay that you worry he might start crack­ing gags about “clunge”.

Un­for­tu­nately, the script never man­ages to make sense of its en­closed eco- sys­tem, cer­tain plot de­tails go nowhere, and while the CGI mon­ster ef­fects might have passed muster a decade ago, they look pretty ropey in 2015. There are a cou­ple of de­cent jolts, but you won’t be left cry­ing for mummy.

Ex­tras: Four brief promo pieces ( six min­utes); an ex­tended end­ing; a gallery. Ian Ber­ri­man James Buck­ley’s dad let him watch An Amer­i­can Were­wolf In Lon­don when he was four. “My Mum went men­tal.”

“I love a good shaft.”

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