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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Podcast - The Pyramid

Damn you Blair Witch Project! Sure you've inspired some decent "found footage" films since 1999 like, Cloverfield, Troll Hunter, Quarantine, Paranormal Activity (part 1), The Bay, and Chronicle but, on the other end, we've been eyeball raped by dozens of weak knockoffs exploiting the hopes and wallets of moviegoers. It's a cool genre when done right. Into the Storm, Earth to Echo, The Chernobyl Diaries, The Last Exorcism, and Apollo 18, are some of the junk that somehow escaped the worthless void of straight-to-video worthy films and went mainstream. Where is the studio exec that looks at movies like those and says, "NO!"? Oh yeah, he's wiping his tookus with our money with one hand, and signing off on another crapfest with the other. I guess that's how this next film got approved.

The Pyramid, is a lame attempt to capitalize off of multiple horror films while using the once creepy handheld camera method. The premise is interesting and the overall look isn't bad but, that's where the positives pretty much end. It's like somebody had an idea for a movie, but didn't know the specifics, and wrote it anyway. "Hey! I can't think of any substantial dialogue and character depth so, let's just have them wander around the inside of a dark pyramid, scream, argue pointlessly, and make stupid decisions, til they all die off." To fill in the blanks, the filmmakers decided to copy from flicks like The Descent, The Mummy, and all of the "handhelds". Those other films worked because they had something that this one doesn't- good storytelling and charming characters. Instead of us rooting for the pyramid's captives, we just root for the next bloody death scene.

Joe and Mike sit and discuss the latest movie release and news of the week! Please join us.

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