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The Lazarus Effect (2015)



Critic Consensus: The Lazarus Effect has a talented cast and the glimmer of an interesting idea, but wastes it all on insipid characters and dull, recycled plot points.

Movie Info

From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions- producer of THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises- THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) who've achieved the unimaginable- bringing the dead 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. (C) Relativitymore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of horror violence, terror and some sexual references)
Genre: Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Luke Dawson, Jeremy Slater
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 16, 2015
Relativity Media - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Lazarus Effect

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (27)

Given the low-budget film's bottle-episode feel, horror fans could've gotten extra mileage out of a disorienting and original psychological treatment.

Full Review… | January 21, 2016
The Atlantic
Top Critic

It's thematically thin but competently made and good for a few scares.

Full Review… | March 6, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

David Gelb's new film is so dependent on the classic standbys of the genre, and so slight in every other regard, that it immediately draws attention to just how creaky they've gotten over the years

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
The Film Stage

Thanks to Duplass's 'regular guy' appeal and Wilde's ability to play the girl-next-door with the same aplomb as possessed siren, The Lazarus Effect proves believable enough to be entertaining but a little too bland to leave much of a scar.

Full Review… | December 23, 2015

The script gets less adventurous as it goes along, slowly shedding every intriguing idea and character detail for an utterly conventional final act.

Full Review… | December 18, 2015
NOW Toronto

The Lazarus Effect is a scary movie that pokes around with some big questions, but never really goes far enough to say anything.

Full Review… | November 5, 2015
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for The Lazarus Effect


Olivia Wilde stars in the supernatural horror film The Lazarus Effect. A university study goes horribly wrong when one of the researchers dies in a freak accident and is revived using an experimental procedure. Wilde gives a solid performance, and so does her co-star Sarah Bolger. Also, the film does a nice job of building suspense and tension. But, the writing's a little weak and isn't sure what direction to take the plot: as it's unclear whether the resurrected character is demon possessed, lost their humanity, or something else. Yet despite its weaknesses, The Lazarus Effect manages to deliver some good scares.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


Just entertaining enough not to be boring. It was not scary at all and the story was a little far fetched. It provided a few laughs and that's it.

Jarrin Rozenblad

Super Reviewer


There have been much better films about scientists pushing the limits and getting disastrous results. But, this film is mostly engaging and has a compact running time so the plot doesn't drag. Duplass and Wilde are believable but the film gets confusing and the camera work is dizzying at times. But, not a horrible Saturday night scare! 07-11-2015

Christopher O.
Christopher Oakley

Super Reviewer

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