The Lazarus Effect – Another horror movie that’s not scary…
Lazarus syndrome is the spontaneous return of circulation after failed attempts at resuscitation. It is also called Lazarus phenomenon, taking its name from Lazarus who, according to the New Testament, was raised from the dead by Jesus.
Should I see it?
If you are not use to see horror movies, maybe you will be scared.
War of the Movies: 4.5/10
Directed by David Gelb
Released on February 27, 2015
Running Time: 83 minutes
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters
A group of medical students work on an experiment that will bring the dead back to life.
Four medical students find a way to bring back to life dead people. They created a serum to be injected in their patients head while giving an electric shock to reactivated the neurones and cerebral activity. At first, their experiments are on animals only. Their justification to try and play god? That it could give more time to doctors to cure their patients. After an experiment goes wrong, Zoe, one of the chief scientist, hearts stop after being electrocuted, her fiancé, one of the four scientist on the team, decided to do the experiment on her to bring back the love of his life. But what happen when to soul leaves the body after the death, does it really come back in the corpse that it left, or will something else take its place. We can all agree that if it’s the same soul that comes back, it wouldn’t be a horror story at all! After being brought back from the dead, strange things starts to happen with Zoe. The movie falls into a lot of cliché, the most obvious thing is that like always, there is one sceptical that don’t want to believe something wrong is going on, when it’s more than evident that it’s not going well in the girl’s head!
I think it’s important for a movie to have a good set up at the beginning, something that will explain well to us what’s happening and that makes us understand what’s going to happen next. But setting a good guide line and story for your movie doesn’t mean it should nearly take all the time! What I didn’t expect was for the movie to be way too long before anything happen. It’s not that the scenes weren’t scary when their supposed to be, that’s still a flaw but it’s even worse when it was intentional that nothing scary at all would happen before at least more than half of the movie! They spend so much time on explaining the process of the experiment and showing us the result with the first dog they brought back to life that it left so little time to see how Zoe is possessed and how she makes a living hell to those who brought her back. Unfortunately, even if we don’t so much of Zoe’s possession, the few 20-25 minutes that we do are nowhere near what could be qualify as scary.
If the director and producers wanted to scare 12-14 years old, they may have achieved that by the way young teenagers who were sitting in front of me screamed. But I highly doubt early teenagers were their only target market, so the movie miserably failed on the spooky part. And that’s too bad, not only because I paid to watch a bad movie, but because it had a good concept that wasn’t well developed. I’m still trying to understand how so many horror movies have great ideas but never seems to scare anyone and are pointless in the end.
I will give a microscopic thumbs up on one point, the acting. I saw so many horror movies with despicable acting that in this one, it made me feel like they make an effort. A really small effort but still it could have been way worse, especially if you think of Ouija and Annabelle that came out in 2014. One thing that I like was despise the fact that Zoe was a scientist, she said she didn’t pretend to know what would happen after death, that nobody can pretend to know what would happen to the human souls. But overall, that’s the only thing I like during the 83 minutes I spent watching!
I don’t recommend this movie to anyone but young teenagers who are looking for an easy watch as their first horror movies!
Waste of time and money, but if I want to think positively, at least I had an opportunity to spend some time with a friend!