The Lazarus Effect (2015)
When a group of researchers are able to bring a dog back from the dead, they are hit hard by the corporation they work for due to unapproved experiments. In order to keep their names tied to their research, the group decides to recreate their experiment so they have proof they came up with the idea of the Lazarus Serum. When one of the group members dies from electrocution during this 2nd test, her fiancée insists on bringing her back right away with the serum. The group protests but the experiment is carried out nonetheless. Just as with the dog from the first test, when someone is brought back to life after dying, something just isn’t quite right.
In short, The Lazarus Effect has a good idea with a recognizable cast but can’t have an original idea to save its life. First thing to point out is that the movie is only 83 minutes long. How on Earth is this movie suppose to create anything of substance in that amount of time? These characters have no development and the scares are predictable. I am sick and tired of these cookie-cutter PG-13 horror movies hitting the theaters with boring, over-used, pop-up scares that never work! Can we please get a horror film that chills us to our cores rather than making us jump only to laugh at ourselves right after? Am I wrong or do people other than pre-teens go to these movies? Why can’t we get a horror movie that doesn’t insult our intelligence and actually freaks us out?!?!
The bottom line with The Lazarus Effect is that we’ve been here and done this so many times that I yawn during the “scary” scenes. I couldn’t wait for this movie to be over and it wasn’t even an hour and a half! Just stay away! Starring Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger.
4/10 Stars – The only thing this movie has going for it is the short run time… that way you know you didn’t waste too much! Dull, boring and NOT SCARY!