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The Lazarus Effect (2015)

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A group of medical researchers discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.


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Complete credited cast:
Mr. Wallace
Security Guard
Little Girl
Security Guard Terrence
President Dailey
Burned Figure
Cato ...
Rocky the Dog


THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank and his fiancé Zoe who've achieved the unimaginable - bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated. Frank, Zoe and their team take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject. Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question ... Written by Relativity

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Evil will rise

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of horror violence, terror and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reawakening  »

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Box Office


$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,203,437 (USA) (27 February 2015)


$25,799,043 (USA) (5 June 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The potato chips in the film are the fictional Let's Potato Chips, which are also found in the TV show Community (2009), starring Donald Glover. See more »


During the experiments on the pig and the dog, it is stated that the Lazarus drug needs to be injected into their temporal lobes. However when they are trying to bring Zoe back the needle is in fact inserted into her frontal lobe. The temporal lobe on a human is farther back and lower. See more »


Zoe: Did I just die?
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Focus/The Lazarus Effect (2015) See more »


Nanny Version
Written by Clement Dodd
Performed by Dennis Alcapone
Courtesy of Studio One
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Decent but I saw a lot more opportunity for the film
6 April 2015 | by (Concord, California) – See all my reviews

Quality of production was good, acting was good, what was included in the storyline was good, I enjoyed it overall, but I thought that more could have been added to make this film stellar. There was too much that was unexplained. Plus this being a fairly short film, they could have added more scenes, especially leading up the the spooky stuff. I felt that the progression of events was rushed overall. Also the character development was a bit rushed. I could have understood the rushed character development more, if there were more detail provided about the ideas. I was really looking forward to this film, and I wish that it lived up to the hype. I did see the similarities in plot description as "flatliners" but this movie was presented in a totally different way. I really like the ideas used in this movie, I hope they make a second and more complete version.

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