The Lazarus Effect (2015) ★★★

This film is a great horror watch, but not perfect. If it weren’t for its central theme of fear being a bit overused, and zombie fans weren’t therefore jaded, it could have done really well. Despite it’s low critic ratings however, I’d say it was worth the watch for horror fans.

The Lazarus Effect (2015)
PG-13 | 1h 23min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 27 February 2015 (USA)
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A group of medical researchers discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.
Director: David Gelb
Writers: Luke Dawson, Jeremy Slater
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters

I love Mark Duplass’ writing and direction but for some eason, when I saw he was behind this, it became too familiar to be very scary. Olivia Wilde looked great in this. She has an evil stare and I hope she does more horror in her career. Still, it all has been done before: “Back from the dead, but NOT THE SAME.” This is the basis for every zombie and Frankenstein based film. Duplass would have done better to not hang the raisk on a clever biblical title. It ends up feeling like a bait and switch: ie; “I have something new for horror fans, wait no, it’s just a back from the dead retread.” It’s not really worth watching unless you’re easily scared on a Saturday night with chemicals. 6/10.

Author: Damien Riley

I post film reviews both written & audio. I'm a writer & podcaster, BA/MA English from Cal State Fullerton. Based in: Victorville, CA, USA My film review site is rileyonfilm.com

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