From Frankenstein to Re-Animator and Pet Semetary, bringing things back from the dead has never turned out to be a good idea. That however doesn’t stop a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde) from doing just that.
After a successful – yet unsanctioned - trial run on a dog, the team is ready to share their breakthrough with the world, until the university learns about their little stunt and shuts the entire project down. As always, something goes terribly wrong and the team ends up using their discovery on Zoe. And guess what? It turns out to be a bad idea!
Despite a solid cast and a couple of scares, The Lazarus Effect doesn’t have a lot going for it and just as the movie is starting to pick up the pace, it’s over after just 83 minutes. Kinda feels like the production company chose to shut this project down as well, after finding out about the amount of genre clichés director David Gelb and writers Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater intended to use.
You’re better off skipping this one and watching Pet Semetary instead. Granted, not the greatest movie ever made either, but at least it features The Ramones on the soundtrack.