Alerting all horror fans, this week the latest release from Producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Production‘s known for ‘Paranormal
Activity‘, ‘Sinister‘, ‘The Purge‘, and ‘Insidious‘ heads to theaters. Blum’s new thriller “The Lazurus Effect” stars Olivia Wilde (Cowboys and Aliens) as Zoe a beautiful scientist working with Mark Duplass as her fiance Frank. Zoe and Frank lead the team of Niko (Donald Glover), Clay (Evan Peters) working together on an unsanctioned research project in a college laboratory. College student Eva (Sarah Bolger) joins the team to document their experiments on video.
The teams goal is to find a way to extend the brain activity of comatose patients when they mistakenly stumble on the ability to bring a dead patient (a dog named Rocky) back to life. The film explores the common subject matter covered in films like it’s iconic predecessor ‘Frankenstein‘. After bringing the dog back to life he begins to act strange and extremely aggressive. Before long they find themselves in a moral dilemma when an untimely accident takes the life of one of their own. If they use this untested procedure on a human what will the repercussions be….will the person be themselves, just a shell, or a higher version of themselves?
Director David Gelb ~ “I loved the idea of really exploring the concept of being brought back to life,” says Gelb. “What would you experience while you were gone? How would you be different when you came back? And what might you potentially bring back with you? The young scientists in our film set out to give patients and loved ones hope, but they discover that there can be horrible consequences to playing with the power of life,” says Gelb. “As events begin to unfold, the story takes a sharp turn into becoming an absolutely terrifying thrill ride where you don’t know what’s going to happen, you don’t know who the next character to disappear is going to be, and the scares are pretty intense.”
The sci-fi nature of this film was very intriguing, but it’s appeal was soon lost and muddied by an overabundance of gratuitous shock moments and gore. The story combination of sci-fi, horror with a dash of religion got a bit confusing for this reviewer. The ambiguous scene in the ending seems to imply that the victims met their death from their own fears. If the movie had clarified this possible ‘plot twist’ it would have made the film a bit more satisfying. However, if you enjoy a movie that will make you jump out of your seat this could be good one for you! ‘The Lazarus Effect’ opens in theaters Friday February 27, 2015 check your local listings.
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Interesting accounts of the ‘Lazarus Phenomenon’ throughout History:
380 B.C. Plato documents Er’s journey to the afterlife
100 A.D. The story of Jesus resurrecting Lazarus appears in John 11
1977 Dr. P.M.H. Atwater dies three times and begins her study of near-death-experiences
1982 Reports of what would later be referred to as the Lazarus Phenomenon are first reported in the medical literature in United States
1993 The term “Lazarus Phenomenon” is coined by researcher JG Bray in the medical journal of Anesthesiology
1996 Woman overdoses in Huntingdon, UK then is heard snoring in morgue 34 hours later
2002 65-year old deaf man is pronounced dead, wakes up, then dies 4 days later
2004 A man in India, declared dead, is sent to a mortuary where he spontaneously returns to life.He is transported to a local emergency room and then vanishes hours later
2007 Venezuelan man declared dead, wakes up during autopsy
2010 Funeral worker in Colombia notices a woman’s body, which was declared dead, start to move
2012 Premature baby in Argentina pronounced dead, placed in morgue freezer and found alive 10 hours later
2013 An Ohio man dead for 45 minutes revives as son says his goodbyes
2014 Dog in Alabama shelter survives euthanasia twice, adopted then named Lazarus