Movie Review: The Lazarus Effect (2015)

June 20, 2015

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:

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‘The Lazarus Effect’ has been one of the most anticipated horror releases of the year. Last night I finally had a chance to see it for myself. If you have not seen it, I warn you to stop reading now. This review will contain spoilers.


Frank (Mark Duplass) and Zoe (Olivia Wilde), a couple, who are both doctors, are leading a team of specialists in the quest to create a serum and a process that will bring the dead back to life. The team’s first experiment is the bring a dog back from death. The team is successful, but soon begin to realize that something is not quite right with the dog. After a medical company steals the teams data they have one chance to document that the serum is their’s , by repeating the experiment on film. During the experiment, Zoe is accidentally killed. Frank will not let her go with out a fight, Zoe is about to become the team’s first human test subject. The process is a success. Zoe is back from the dead, but they will soon learn just how dangerous playing God can be. Zoe has returned with some serious powers and a serious dark side. The team has no idea of the danger they are facing and soon are in a fight for their lives. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil the ending. You will have to see ‘The Lazarus Effect’ for yourself to find out how it ends.

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Director David Gelb did an amazing job, bringing Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater’s screenplay to life. This supernatural thriller’s cast also includes Evan Peters (American Horror Story), Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time), Donald Glover (Magic Mike XXL) and veteran actor Ray Wise (Mad Man). ‘The Lazarus Effect’ is brought to us by Blumhouse Productions .

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It’s been a while since I have seen a movie that I enjoyed as much I enjoyed ‘The Lazarus Effect’. Every cast member did a fantastic job, you really could buy that they were going through the terrifying events. The effects were spot on and creepy and something we don’t often see. The entire movie looked great and what’s more important, the story was well written and unique. I won’t lie, I spent the last fifteen minuets of the movie peering through my fingers. I even jumped a few times, which is a very rare occurrence for me.In one scene the dog was standing over Zoe in a menacing pose, while she slept . As a dog owner, I found that extremely disturbing.  I honestly can’t come up with anything bad to say about the movie, which is very rare.

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If you haven’t seen ‘The Lazarus Effect’, it’s out in stores. So, stop what you are doing, go buy it or rent it, just make sure you see it.

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