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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Curiosity killed the cat.
Positive Role Models
Characters are wildly inconsistent, doing their jobs in a forced manner with very little teamwork and rarely managing to show sympathy or feelings for injured or dead colleagues.
Violence & Scariness
Scary monster violence. Loud monster roaring. Trails of blood. Bloody wounds. Gory-looking infections. Man's leg crushed by boulder. Character falls on spikes. Creatures rend a character's flesh, with blood spurts. Monster claws through a man's chest. Sudden explosions and booby traps. A man having a seizure. A man snapped in half. Face smashed. Guns fired. A boy in danger.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman takes off her bra and puts on a tank top, shown from the back. Robot cam spies on her, zooming in on various body parts. Brief innuendo. Photo of a couple kissing.
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"S--t" used several times. "Oh my God," "Christ," "Jesus" used often (as exclamations). "F--k," "hell," "a--hole," "ass," and "crap" used once or twice each.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Pyramid is a found-footage monster horror film that's similar to (but not nearly as good as) As Above/So Below. Expect a lot of blood and gore and scary monster violence. Guns are briefly fired, and, near the end, a boy is in danger. Language is fairly strong, with several uses of "s--t" and one or two uses of "f--k," "a--hole," and more. There's some brief innuendo, and a woman changes clothes in front of a mirror; she's shown from behind, and nothing sensitive is seen, but a robot cam spies on her and zooms in on various body parts. Because the cast includes some secondary actors from TV's True Blood, teen horror hounds may be briefly interested, but it's quite forgettable. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Gregory Levasseur makes his directorial debut with this awful, quickie "found footage" horror movie, similar to, but far inferior to, As Above/So Below. THE PYRAMID feels lazy and dashed off, as if getting it into theaters was more important than actually crafting any suspense or creating believable characters. It can't even bother to keep up the found-footage pretense, frequently cheating and cutting to the inside of chambers as they open from the outside, etc.
Characters seem totally unaffected by the deaths of their fellow travelers; they keep on either cracking jokes or spewing factoids about ancient Egyptian burial practices. The scary stuff is entirely stale, relying either on ill-timed, sudden shocks or on cheap-looking computer-generated monsters. As the monster drags its nails on the walls to taunt its prey, he seems more like Freddy Kruger than an ancient Egyptian.
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