Monday, January 29, 2018
The Lazarus Effect (2015) 1h 23m
Why does this movie poster have two taglines? Why aren't Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, and Donald Glover listed on this poster as well? Is she really possessed because I'm not sure if we ever get confirmation of that? Why does this image remind me so much of the Resident Evil movies? So many questions, so few answers. Just a red faced woman staring at my nightstand as I type this. I think she's wondering if I'm ever going to finish all the books there with bookmarks in them (spoilers: probably not).
The Lazarus Effect introduces us to an odd mix of individuals working on an experiment to reanimate dead animals. Finally the process works with a dog but shortly after their grant is cancelled and the lab and experiment are confiscated by big pharma. In order to get their data back they break into the lab to recreate the experiment but Oliva Wilde is killed in the process. Mark Duplass brings her back to life but upon her return things aren't entirely okay with Ms. Wilde. Crazy brain functions, penchants for violence, psychic powers, and her soul possibly still residing in Hell lead to some crazy highjinks as this movie made me wish I was watching Flatliners.
I think that my big issue with The Lazarus Effect is that I can't really shit on it, but at the same time I wasn't impressed by it. There are tons of these movies that come out each year backed by a huge budget and a good cast but they don't bring anything interesting to the table. They're safe, and when it comes to horror I don't want safe. I want a horror movie that keeps me up at night, that I can't watch alone in the dark. I want new and terrifying things that I'm awed and frightened of. Films like this are the equivalent of someone trying to scare you with a ghost costume made out of a bed sheet.
I give The Lazarus Effect 1 Lazarus Pit out of 5: