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The Pyramid

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.

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