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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.


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


*** SPOILER ALERT *** 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 ... 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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Did You Know?


The working title was simply "Lazarus." See more »


When applying the bandage to Zoe's head, it's clearly backwards with the white side facing out, then later it is applied in the proper direction. See more »


Zoe: You don't know what you've done... but you will
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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Peppermill Stomp
Traditional (arr. J. Sprangers)
Performed by The Swing Orchestra
Courtesy of Countdown Media
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Good but should have been better!
31 August 2015 | by ZulfmanauthorSee all my reviews

There are many things to like about 'The Lazarus Effect' a sort of indie horror, which has borrowed parts of other movies especially 'Flatliners' but with more horror and less maturity. The film follows students of medicine who are trying to devise a technique where they can bring back people who have recently died by injecting them with a chemical that interacts with their brain. Their reasons are much different to the medics in 'Flatliners' and the results are more horrific. Good cast who create enough tension to keep the viewer hooked yet the film is disappointing because its ideas could have been explored further. Olivia Wilde is excellent as the first human subject yet her demise and climax of the movie seems rushed and gives you the impression the director ran out of budget or ideas. This may explain the film's short length however what we have is thrilling and creepy. But being a writer myself, I saw so much potential to this movie and know it could have been much better. On a positive note, the film exceeds the more hyped 'Lucy' as it also explores what happens if a greater part of our brain capacity could be utilised. @zulfmanauthor

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Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reawakening See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,203,437, 1 March 2015

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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