BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Lazarus Effect Reviews
By Dr. Know on February 27th, 2015
I would have loved to see more from the filmmakers, daring to fail while staking out some new terror incognita instead of just going through the motions of an experiment for which we already have the results.
Despite a good cast and a short running time, Blumhouse Productions’ latest micro-budget pic doesn’t have the alluring franchise pull of some of its other films.
A far cheaper cousin to ‘Flatliners’ that, thanks to the better-than-average cast, is reasonably engaging for the first hour or so before deteriorating badly in a mayhem-filled finale.
The story is dismayingly ordinary and its execution by director David Gelb is virtually devoid of invention.
Unfortunately, the film ultimately peters out rather than coming to a satisfactorily disquieting conclusion.
The movie anxiously, recklessly rushes through its plot toward the climax, as if it’s afraid of anyone noticing its emptiness.
If you get your horror jollies from sneaky blind-side pan shots accompanied by 165dB blasts, you’ll love The Lazarus Effect. But these cheap, cheap, CHEAP moments punctured my eardrums…
“The Lazarus Effect” boasts nothing special. It’s not going to provide much relief for horror-starved audiences.
If you slammed the heads of Lucy and Carrie together, The Lazarus Effect would be the messy aftermath left on the ground.
“The Lazarus Effect” is nothing but a cheap horror film cloaked in scientific mumbo-jumbo.
The first half of this film is the best, with the actors reciting the technical gibberish very convincingly, while trying to resuscitate a dog named Rocky. The second half is essentially conventional horror stuff we’ve seen before with this genre.
Another cheapie from the producers of “Paranormal Activity.” Aims low, but hits its target.
This isn’t a real horror movie-this is the kind of horror movie that the characters in a real horror movie watch in order to comment on the lameness of the genre before their authentic terrors begin.
The Lazarus Effect does have one redeeming quality. It ends quickly.