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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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Ray Wise appeared in Twin Peaks (1991-92, 2017) created by David Lynch. Evan Peters appears in American Horror Story (2011) featuring several episodes directed by David's daughter, Jennifer Lynch. 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

Zoe: Did I just die?
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The House by the Cemetary (2015) See more »

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Sworn by Mayhem
Performed by Kathie Talbot (as K.A. Talbot)
Written by Kathie Talbot and Julian Hochmuth
Courtesy of Riptide Music Group
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Another Hollywood Produced Horror Film Ruining the Genre
7 March 2015 | by MattBirkSee all my reviews

The Lazarus Effect is another example of a major Hollywood produced horror movie that is giving the horror genre a bad name. Everything that happens here is pretty much straightforward and therefore, boring. There were no surprises in the film or twists that take the story in an unexpected direction and gave the film some life.

Lazarus is just like I said above, it's a mix of Event Horizon + Lucy + Carrie, interpret that as you wish. The problem just like with Lucy is that the villain gets too powerful and there is basically no chance of survival, a lopsided battle. Where as with Carrie, we are given a reason for her breakdown and vengeance, in Lazarus we are given absolutely nothing, no motive, no nothing.

And of course, to no surprise the movie features plenty of flashing lights where characters appear and disappear into the darkness. It's cheap gimmicks like this that are used to create scares that ruins movies, versus actually building up tension and a thick atmosphere. The Lazarus Effect features nothing to boast about, not even it's cast since they are completely under utilized, everything here is dull.

But again, this was a Hollywood produced horror film so it's not surprise the movie is being torn apart by critics. Instead, skip this and watch the superior 'Flatliners', at least they provide some added depth and an eerie atmosphere!


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