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The Lazarus Effect (2015)

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The Lazarus Effect is a movie starring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, and Evan Peters. A group of medical researchers discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.


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Complete credited cast:
... Frank
... Zoe
... Eva
... Clay
... Niko
... Mr. Wallace
... Security Guard
... Little Girl
... Security Guard Terrence
... President Dailey
... Lawyer
... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 USA:

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

Gross USA:

$25,799,043, 7 June 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The characters place the dog and Olivia Wilde into the MRI scanner to look at their brains.The machine is actually a CT scanner. See more »


Zoe: If we are going to be asking the questions, we have to be ready for the answers.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The House by the Cemetary (2015) See more »


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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Schlocky Horror films are the best kind of Horror films.
26 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

First of all, you'll probably get more entertainment out of these user reviews than you will by seeing the actual movie. To clarify...aren't all possession movies inherently pro-Christian since the inclusion of demons and hell implies that there is are angels and heaven (since Lucifer was cast out of heaven and became the devil)?

As someone that has seen lot of REALLY bad horror films, I can safely say that The Lazarus Effect isn't all that bad. It's got a pretty decent cast in Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde, but it's a cheap horror film. You get the predictable jump-scares, you get the dialed in dialogue, what else did you expect?

You don't go to see horror films because they're particularly well written or original. This movie is literally just a hodgepodge of movies like: Carrie, Lucy (the whole 10% of your brain thing), The Phoenix Project, Pet Semetary, Flatliners, etc.

I actually somewhat enjoyed this, but you realistically need to set your expectations 6 feet under. Maybe this film will find a way to resurrect some of your faith in the horror genre that way. It sure as hell isn't going to resurrect the $10 bucks you spent on the ticket at the theater.

Additionally, what ever happened to the novelty of watching a film before reviewing it?

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