Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Lazarus Effect (2015)

Director: David Gelb. Cast: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters. 83 min. Rated PG-13. Sci-fi/Horror.

A research team comes up with a "Lazarus serum" to bring recently-died beings back to life. With the sequence of first a dead dog and then a dead person coming back to life, and both resorting to evil deeds, obviously the film-makers are using Stephen King's "Pet Semetary" as a template (and they're humble enough to mention both King's "Kujo" and Hitchcock's Vertigo). But reminders of "Frankenstein", Flatliners, and unfortunately and coincidentally, last year's Lucy (using more than 10% of one's brain leading to telekinetic powers), and the multitude of expected shock-shots, devoid this short horror film of originality.

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