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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.

Director:

David Gelb
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Cast

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


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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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At one point, Niko and Zoe are eating sushi. Director David Gelb's previous feature was the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011). See more »

Goofs

Also, when the bandage was applied it was on the right side of her, later when she checked it, it was on the left side; it's her reflection in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Zoe: If we are going to be asking the questions, we have to be ready for the answers.
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References Rocky (1976) See more »

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Finally Out
Written by Misha Segal
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music
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Very Solid, Very Original
27 February 2015 | by jparker9899See all my reviews

Most Blumhosue produced films are utter trash(Jessabelle, The Purge, etc.) and I'm a big horror fan so this movie caught my eye. And I wasn't disappointed at all. Going in with an open mind, what I really liked about the film was that it didn't move into demonic territory to provide cheap scares. Sure, some pop up scares were cliché, but they didn't have to use demons to make the film creepy. Olivia Wilde is fantastic in her role, as is Evan Peters. The film also has a solid story, and borrows elements from Pet Semetary, The Shining, and Lucy(yes it makes sense). Without losing the plot in itself like recents like Project Almanac, it sticks to a meaningful script, and provides fun, campy scares. It wasn't golden, nor is it a new classic, but it's a brisk fun way to lose yourself in the macabre. It's also one of the better recent horror films. Defiantly recommend this, and I hope my review has helped!


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