Title: The Pyramid

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Year: 2013

Genre: Independent / Anthology / Horror

Language: Italian

Runtime: 90 min

Director: Roberto Albanesi, Luca Alessandro, Simone Chiesa, Alex Visani & Antonio Zannone

Writer: Luca Alessandro, Simone Chiesa, Alex Visani, Antonio Zannone & Raffaele Ottolenghi

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2363461/

An object - a small pyramid configuration - unleashes an evil over whoever puts their hands on it. The evil of the pyramid spreads through four different people's lives, destroying their lives in morbid, violent ways.

Our thoughts:
In a long line of recent anthologies, we finally land in Italy, with a group of independent filmmakers giving the subgenre their go. Developed around one idea, the four stories are connected by a mysterious object which is found by a journalist in an alley during an outdoors art show. He's hypnotized by the object - a hand-sized pyramid. As he gets it in his hands, he realizes that you can twist its top like a Rubik's Cube. He doesn't know it yet, but this harmless action releases an evil. As night comes, his hand becomes possessed by a force which is trying to kill himself and his camera man. Before the end of the night, the evil is passed over to room service. This is just the start of the journey that the pyramid takes to unleash hell on earth.

The four stories prove yet again that in horror filmmaking fandom is the main ingredient and inspiration is shown with pride. Already from the main concept of the pyramid you get obvious touches of "Hellraiser" and its Lament Configuration. It doesn't take long into the first segment to also notice one of a couple "The Evil Dead"-like scenes, where a man with a possessed hand is trying to kick his own ass. Later on we have what I thought were perhaps the most pointless similarity, some scenes in the third segment which gave off a vibe of the "force" from "The Evil Dead". Except here it wasn't really done for any obvious reason. I don't necessarily mind that the anthology is deeply inspired by a couple of titles, but I find it hard to admire the ways it was done in some cases.

The stories aren't fantastic either. There are a few scenes that work on an indie horror level, with decent FX and a splash of gore, but in the end they're all fairly forgettable. The fact that the two last segments were both about the zombie/demon apocalypse made it tiresome. They tried to spin it around a bit, but it's a genre that too many have attempted, so it's far from original. I wouldn't have complained if only one of the four featured it, since the first two differed a bit, but for an anthology this lacked spread.

That there are flaws in the production isn't what makes it hard to get into, it's a decent enough production. It looks good enough, it has okay effects, the actors range from bad to good - the usual independent movie stuff. It's not an issue with me at all, and certainly not in a foreign production where I can't understand the language. That automatically makes it easier to accept bad acting.

But while everything in the above paragraph is excusable, the lack of an interesting plot and originality makes it hard for me to find reasons to watch the movie. There are a few ideas that could've been great to explore further on, but they didn't. Instead it developed into a zombie movie, which is the most oversaturated subgenre of horror. I drive a hard bargain when it comes to this, as I feel most of us have seen enough to be picky.

Positive things:
- Production wise I have no problem with it.
- Decent effects.
- The pregnancy scene in the last segment had ideas I'd prefer to see explored more.

Negative things:
- Lacking story and originality.
- Turns into a bland zombie movie.

Gore: 2.5/5
Nudity: 1.5/5
Story: 1.5/5
Effects: 3/5
Comedy: 1/5

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