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The Lazarus Effect

Rated PG-13 83 minutes 2015

Compared with other low-budget horror films from Blumhouse Productions, this is neither as sharp as The Purge or Oculus nor as dumb as the Paranormal Activity series. It's thematically thin but competently made and good for a few scares. A team of young scientists develop a serum that brings the dead back to life; when they test it out, they discover their reanimated subjects are possessed by demons. Blumhouse releases often favor one location (in this case, the scientists' underground lab), which all but forces the filmmakers to mine horror from a sense of confinement. Director David Gelb and screenwriters Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater respond to the challenge well enough, though the movie is hampered by an insufferably smug lead performance by Mark Duplass. With Olivia Wilde and Donald Glover.

Film Credits

Director: David Gelb

Producer: Jason Blum, Jimmy Miller, Cody Zwieg, Matt Kaplan, Jeanette Volturno-Brill, Luke Dawson and Gloria Fan

Cast: Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover, Evan Peters, Sarah Bolger, Ray Wise, Scott Sheldon, Emily Kelavos, James Earl, Amy Aquino and Sean T. Krishnan


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