The Lazarus Effect: Final Preview - Undead Monday

Posted by The Daily Zombies Monday, February 23, 2015

With The Lazarus Effect opening this weekend, we take a Final Look at the horror film with a new riff on 1990's Flatliners and starring Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, and Donald Glover this Undead Monday. 

Set to be released this weekend by Relativity Studio, The Lazarus Effect is interestingly a throwback to the Joel Schumacher's 1990 horror thriller, Flatliner. 

In Flatliner, we have a group of young medical students led by Kiefer Sutherland experimenting the after death and as fate (and horror film logic) would have it, this brilliant idea naturally led to disaster. Written by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater and directed by David Gelb, The Lazarus Effect depicts the misadventures of a group of young medical students meddling with methods to bring the dead back to life. Just so you get our point.

Anyway, being a product of the Millennials, The Lazarus Effect is more than a throwback to a single 90s horror film. When one of the medical students is inadvertently electrocuted to death during the experiments, ever the brilliant human beings that these protagonists are, they revived her using the unproven and naturally unorthodox method. And any movie buffs will know by now that we are referring to 1989's Pet Sematary, where reviving the dead always comes with deadly consequences. 

Now that you basically know how this will go down, perhaps the participation of Olivia Wilde, Donald Glover and Mark Duplass can entice you further for this horror film that generally have all the tropes in place.

If you are still in doubt over checking out The Lazarus Effect come this Friday, perhaps you can check out the following trailers and featurettes to see if it works for you.

The second trailer entitled "Phases".

Featurettes for the film.

Here's the poster for the film.

Here are the official promo images released for the film.

Here's the official synopsis for the film:

THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancĂ©e Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) who’ve achieved the unimaginable – bringing the dead back to life.  After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated.

Frank, Zoe and their team (Donald Glover, Sarah Bolger and Evan Peters) take matters into their own hands, launching a rogue attempt to recreate their experiment, during which things go terribly wrong and one of their own, Zoe, is horrifically killed. Fueled by terror and grief, Frank pushes them to do the unthinkable: attempt to resurrect their first human test subject.

Initially, the procedure appears a success, but the team soon realizes something is wrong with Zoe. As her strange new persona reveals itself, the team quickly becomes stuck in a gruesome reality. They are no longer faced with the question of whether they can bring someone back to life- but rather, the wrath of her return.

The Lazarus Effect is slated to open on February 27, 2015.


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