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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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David Gelb
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Complete credited cast:
Mark Duplass ... Frank
Olivia Wilde ... Zoe
Sarah Bolger ... Eva
Evan Peters ... Clay
Donald Glover ... Niko
Ray Wise ... Mr. Wallace
Scott Sheldon ... Security Guard
Emily Kelavos Emily Kelavos ... Little Girl
James Earl ... Security Guard Terrence
Amy Aquino ... President Dailey
Sean T. Krishnan ... Lawyer
Ator Tamras ... Burned Figure
Cato Cato ... Rocky the Dog
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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


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reawakening See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,203,437, 1 March 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,799,043, 7 June 2015
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The bright green glow of the lava lamp on Frank's desk is an obvious nod to the cult classic Re-Animator (1985). See more »

Goofs

When calling out the current being applied to each subject, Zoe uses kilovolts (kV). During the attempt on the second dog, Zoe calls out "11 kilowatts" instead. See more »

Quotes

Frank: That's not Zoe in there.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Rising Fear of Hatred
Performed by Kathie Talbot (as K.A. Talbot)
Written by Kathie Talbot and Michael McGregor
Courtesy of Riptide Music Group
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Disappointing and unoriginal
15 May 2015 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

I really wanted The Lazarus Effect to be good. It has a great cast and an interesting premise, and I love horror movies so why should this be any different? Well first of all calling it a horror movie is a bit of a stretch. Yeah, there are "scares" but they're all the cliché flickering lights, someone coming up behind someone else's back, fake out, cheap ass easy jump scares that we've seen a million times and you can see them coming from a mile away.

The best thing this movie has going for it is its atmosphere. It all takes place in an empty laboratory and there are some moments where you feel the claustrophobia of being trapped in a place where dead bodies are kept and weird surgical instruments all over the place. But none of that psychological horror is expounded on. It's just like one second I'm like, "hm, this could actually go somewhere" and then two seconds later a freaky face pops on screen and it's like ugh, why bother.

The acting in this movie is fine for what it is. Aside from the two leads, Evan Peters was the only character I cared about because he was the comic relief but he just isn't given enough to work with. Everything about the movie feels rushed. The characters aren't developed enough. The movie is barely 80 minutes long and it still has dull moments. It also borrows a lot of elements from other horror movies. A good chunk of the movie is straight up "Event Horizon" in a laboratory with some "The Shining" and "Lucy" sprinkled here and there. Sure there is some creepy imagery but it's stuff we've seen a million times. If they had actually built up tension instead of relying on stupid jump scares then maybe the imagery would have some effect. As it stands, it's just like... what a waste.

I can't give this movie a lower score because it did have potential and I liked the cast. There are some moments that are admittedly cool, however brief they are. Oh, and none of the movie makes sense. It starts off plausibly with these doctors performing weird experiments but as soon as sh*t starts to go down, any sense of realism goes out the window. The Lazarus Effect isn't terrible - there's just no reason to see it. Go see "Event Horizon" or "The Shining" if you're in the mood for some real psychological scares.


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