The Lazarus Effect

The Lazarus Effect

DVD - 2015
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The film follows a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients 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.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2015]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Performers: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters, Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger, Bruno Gunn.
Audience: Rating: PG-13; for intense sequences of horror violence, terror and some sexual references
Language Note: English dialogue; English SDH or Spanish subtitles; closed captioned
UPC: 024543104780
Call Number: DVD L


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SPL_Liz Nov 28, 2017

A sci-fi flick about why not to bring people back from the dead. A combination of overused horror movie tropes and a modest budget make it a rather cheesy but I enjoyed the Frankenstein-esque lab experiments.

Feb 28, 2017

Okay loved the concept of this movie incredible to think the human mind is so much more powerful than we can imagine. For a horror film not bad not bad at all kinda gets you scared but also makes you think about the untapped human potential.

Jan 24, 2017

A group of researchers try to find a way to bring the dead back to life, and they succeed on doing it to a dog. However, they are caught doing these experiments and consequently, they are shut down. They attempt to do the experiments on their own, but something terrible happens. One of the experimenters, Zoe, dies in the process. Her fiancé, Frank, attempts to revive her. This is the first human they will have revived. They seem to have successfully revived her, although something seems off about her. Is this the same Zoe from before? I did not think this movie was as scary as it could have been. The idea seemed good, but the execution could’ve been better.
Rating: 2.5/5
- @JuiceboxZ of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 11, 2016

Wanted to like this movie more. Just not possible, due to dull script. I love horror and agree that there is lots of lazy writing in horror lately. Either they are bashing Christian religious beliefs, or having the all powerful evil creature win at the end, with no one surviving. Boring!

Dec 07, 2015

It feels too long and it's 83 minutes long. It takes forever to get going and then jumps right over any tension, suspense, or horror. Light turns off, comes on and boo... That happens 12 times and it wasn't scary the first time they did that trick. It should have jumped to the chase and then taken their time, building the tension. I didn't care for any of the characters, I knew exactly where it was going, and not 1 single scare in the movie. I suppose if I paid to see it that would have been scary. Watch Insidious 1 or 3, or Sinister instead. Or even the worst Stephen King based film. The sooner I forget this movie the better.


The movie started off slow and I was about to turn it off but I wanted to give it a chance. It started to pick up and get interesting. Wasn't the best horror movie. As my sister puts it"it's disappointing".

Sep 29, 2015

Yes it has ideas of Cujo, Pet Semetary, Re-Animator, amongst others, but is there an actual BRAND NEW IDEA in horror more than once or twice a year?..I would not PAY to see this, but to borrow this type of film, done very well, and with good performances, well this is what straight to dvd SHOULD be all about. An enjoyable little sci-fi horror with a couple of " WHOA" moments that before you know it, the popcorn is all gone and the movie is coming to an end.....a bit of a disappointing end, not bad, just could have been more.
Enjoy this movie as it is probably one of the better ones I have borrowed of the last 100 or so of this type.

Note to bearslapper a couple comments down...have you seen children of the corn 1 - 7,8, or whatever they are up to...Stephen King ??? please

Quimeras Sep 27, 2015

What a shame! This movie had so much potential.

Aug 31, 2015

The director did exactly what trotter73 said. You can see it as homage to Frankenstein, Pet Cemetary, Carrie, and Re-Animator or you can say the director just stole bits from past horror films and made a mashup monster movie. Scary but not all that scary.

kevfarley Jul 29, 2015

It has a couple of moments,.. but its primarily hackneyed and unoriginal.

(Perhaps its actually a thinly veiled attack on stem cell research !?)

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