release date: 27 February 2015 (Canada)
run time: 83 mins
considered: Horror, Thriller
director: David Gelb
starring: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Sarah Bolger, Evan Peters, Donald Glover, Ray Wise, Scott Sheldon, Emily Kelavos, James Earl, Amy Aquino, Sean T. Krishnan, Ator Tamras
movie summary: Two brilliant and upcoming doctors, Zoe (Olivia Wilde) and her fiance Frank (Mark Duplass), have focused all their work on bringing dead animals back to life. Zoe has some dark secrets in her past which open a portal to dark side after some test experiments go wrong. Their group, which includes Eva (Sarah Bolger), Clay (Evan Peters), and Niko (Donald Glover) will suffer through a night of terror after a dog brough back from the dead unleashes an evil spirit in the lab, which leads to one of the humans to become possessed and go on a killing spree.
my thoughts: All I need to say about the Lazarus Effect is…this movie (events) would have never happen if they just left the building when the dead person sat up on the table. This seriously had to be one of the dumbest movie I’ve ever seen and just thought everyone should have just walked away when strange things began to happen. There may have been more survivors if there was just one smart person, who happened to came to the realization this was a bad situation to be in.
I have to wonder why a beautiful and talented actress like Olivia Wilde would decide to take on such a terrible role. Seriously, was there nothing else available for her? Did she want to take on a low-budget horror flick? Only new actresses looking for a break in the film industry usually take on a role like this, the kind of movie is that is released straight to DVD. It really seemed like her talents, along with everyone else’s, were wasted with this story and movie.
On the bright side, this was a new and unique twist on the demonic possession genre. Like I pointed out in the first paragraph, this story only goes from bad to worse because people never see the warning signs! After bringing a dead dog to life as a test dummy, weird unexplainable things begin to happen. Of course no one, including the “doctors” who brought the dog to life, believe that this harmless animal would be capable of such things. It’s upsetting to see smart people make dumb decisions which only lead to horrible things.
In an attempt to keep us interested, the writers throw in a really horrible nightmare storyline which really has no effect on our main character. It’s suppose to show us that she’s in pain and dealing with some personal demons but has no impact on why she would ever become possessed. The one thing I’ve learnt about demonic movies is these evil spirits are smart and only pick on the weak ones to haunt and mess with. Then again, sometimes people do evil things and there is no explaination…kinda like The Lazarus Effect.
my final thoughts: They seriously do not make horror movies like they used to. If you were smart, unlike our main characters, and skipped this one during it’s very brief run at the theatres then you did not miss anything. Even if you are bored on a Saturday night and would want to watch a very bad horror movie, I’d recommend something else. Some of you out there will watch this because of Olivia Wilde while others will want to see how they bring dead people back to life. I’d recommend saving your time by reading the movie summary on Wikipedia.
my star rating: 1 out 10
imdb: 5.2 out 10
rottentomatoes: 14% out 100%
roger ebert: 1 out 4
richard crouse: 2 out 4