Although this isn't much of a "jump out of your seat" horror film, it certainly is very suspenseful. It doesn't follow the same format as movies like Evil Dead or The Conjuring, which was kind of disappointing cause I like those movies, but it has it's own unique flavor in that it's just plain interesting. This movie does a great job developing its own unique spin on near death experiences or what one might see before death due to DMT in relation to religion. If you're religious you might not like this, but if you're impartial or open-minded then you'll <more>
enjoy it. Also, Olivia Wilde is terrific, as always, and so is the guy from The League. And if you liked Evan Peters in American Horror Story then you'll like him in this movie too. It's nice that horror films are finally using good actors. They just make movies so much better.
Absolutely the BEST Movie I Have Ever Seen .Ever!!! Really!!! (by PartialMovieViewer)
This movie had everything and more. 'The Lazarus Effect' is a freaking emotional roller-coaster. And I really mean it. How would I prove that to you well this is how. I wanted to cry, I wanted to laugh, I wanted to sing, I wanted dance, I even wanted to shout from the rooftops mostly I want to leave. This film tugged on all my little heart strings, by cleverly packing its plot-less storyline full of pointless thrills and spills; twists and turns, and ups and downs, and side to sides and all of this great stuff topped off with a predictable train-wreck of a finale. Will there be a <more>
part II? I sure hope so. Let's face it, I was stupid enough to pay for a ticket the first time who's to say I learned my lesson. I am almost positive there will be at least 20 more endorsements to this project. I know this sounds very negative for someone who just handed out a very valuable grade of '10.' And an excellent follow-up question would be – why in the world did I call this the BEST movie ever? Honestly – I am trolling for thumbs down. So if you feel compelled to diss me – please do. That is my goal. Do I recommend you should see this? Sure go ahead. I did. I feel much worse for seeing it, remember misery loves company.
I was really impressed and greatly enjoyed it (by emomomotional)
I don't expect much from horror movies these days. You can see guess the entire plot and don't see originality very much anymore. That was definitely not an issue here. I alone give it credit for a new type of horror but I really enjoyed seeing how this played. I suppose some people might not like jump scares but they didn't do it much. Just enough to add some adrenaline. lol.All and all, I thought very highly and also realized that a 6 isn't a low score for a review. How does this movie have anything less than a 8? I must have missed out on a lot of movies. I've ignored <more>
so many movies based on other peoples reviews... -_-
Better tagline: The door doesn't close til something goes through (by mohancraig)
People who've seen the movie will understand the my tagline suggestion, I was interested in seeing this the first time I saw the trailer on YouTube where "big surprise" 95% of the comments were from wackos claiming the film was "Blasphemous".... well I'm here to tell you it is safe to watch and there is no blaspheming occurring in this film; what's more if you like movies about evil being unleashed as I do you will likely enjoy this film.The movie is short 83 minutes which is fine by me because I don't like movies that are slow to get started or full of <more>
pointless gimmicks, there isn't a lot of character development except for the main character Olivia Wilde and other than Donald Glover I really don't care too much about what happens to rest of the cast but it was suspenseful although it does rely on some typical horror movie clichés.I gave it 9 stars because there were moments when I was genuinely scared in the sense that I would hate to be in that persons situation at this point... what would I do? Also this is the type of film I'd like to see more of, I think the last movie I saw with evil incarnate that kind of shook me was Devil by M. Night Shyamalan and that was 5 years ago; Cabin in the woods was good too but it had more camp value than genuine evil affectionate draw.I hope this film does well and as it is left intentionally open ended I can see how it could make it to the sequel stage which leaves me hopeful although lately sequels to some great first release films have been crashing and burning like Hotub time machine and Horrible bosses... I will remain hopeful ^_^
So this movie might have gotten an average rating by most viewers, but I will say with confidence that I gave it a full 9/10.For the average person, I'd say it was pretty scary. Not insidious scary though, which is one of the factors I came to appreciate.It was a cinematic experience on its own, Olivia is a solid actress and the effects were nicely done. The story line progresses fluently and I found it balanced perfectly between sci-fi and horror, it was even scarier than I would have preferred.I'm not a fan of horrors, but seeing as how much I enjoyed the Purge, and The Lazarus <more>
Effect not looking to completely be the stuff of nightmares, I gave it a try. Suffice to say, I was satisfied. Had my eyes closed in several scenes I might add I'm lame like that .In summary, don't judge too fast after seeing the below average rating, it might reflect the views of all those horror nuts who anticipated frights on the level of insidious/paranormal activity. For everyone else, it's scary enough, with just the right amount of science.
Saw this movie with my friend Scott in Imax for free with the popcorn and the FREEZY and even went sober and really enjoyed it. Its really scary and it is pretty freaking awesome having a friend that works at the theater in Irvine Spectrum. Scott is such a cool guy!!!! I just wish I could take my dog rosemary in this theater but this is a no dogs allowed theater which I suppose is normal. But they still allow those damn kids in. Ooo and back to the movie its just really entertaining and the main actress does a great job keeping it real. All the actors in this movie kept it real and don't <more>
turn the movie off in the beginning because you think that it is going to be another Cujo kids movie it is actually a really good movie. You Should Watch it
Spoilers!If you go into an action movie, you know the hero is going to live. If you watch a romance, you know the guy and girl will get together. So why, when people watch horror movies, are they surprised and annoyed by any type of cliché? No one ever goes into a movie expecting a genre- changing experience. Give The Lazarus Effect a chance and don't expect that from it.First off, the cast is pretty damn good. Olivia Wilde does an excellent job—she is creepy once she returns from the dead, even when she is just sitting there. Evan Peters isn't given a large role, but he does well <more>
with what he has. Peters is a stereotypical college-ish guy. He smokes, he plays WoW, he is immature. Donald Glover does amazing, in my opinion I'm a huge fan of him so I might be slightly biased regarding his performance . He has excellent control over the subtle nuances that occur when two people interact. You can quickly tell his character likes Wilde's character, which isn't much of an aspect to the movie, but does add that much more. The other two actors do fairly well, but that felt more forced and not as natural; whether or not that was the actor's fault, I'm not sure.David Gelb does a good job with the directing. Yes, there are jump-scares. Yes, there are ominous camera pans. Yes, there are many clichés, but what do you expect from a cliché- drenched genre? The clichés aren't the focus of the movie, for the most part. They're little additions. Yes, the plot is also a little cliché, but I'd like to see you think of something entirely original. It takes science from Frankenstein and combines it with the anger-filled reanimation of Pet Cemetery—but not in a bad way. It's not mindless mayhem, there is science behind probably pseudo-science, so don't expect actual theories . None of the plot seems rushed, no deus ex machinas, nothing unreasonable. This was one of the few horror movies that didn't make me laugh because of some random act of God, or the power of love, or whatever saved them or catalyzed the plot. It's not the best, but it's good.Finally, I'd like to address mostly the first comment posted on here. It's not anti-Christian, or pro-Christian. It's more than that. If anything, it makes you consider what you think happens after death. Two characters have a brief discussion over life after death: science and religion. Despite this, no side is given the advantage. The movies clearly states that Zoey is changing to some monster, but it never indicates whether it's because she was in hell or if it's the serum used to reanimate. Also, and this is simplying regarding the first review, just because "Lazarus" is in the title, does NOT mean it's going to be about Jesus and God and Lazarus. Nowadays, it's very common for Lazarus to simply mean a return from the dead in some way. Oh wait, it's "The Lazarus Effect". Oh wait, the effect Lazarus had was returning from the dead. Suddenly, referencing the Bible makes perfect sense, especially since the main character is a Christian.
Really good and frightening horror! (by richlong2569)
Well what can we say about this movie except a very excellent movie, it really held my attention after the first 30mins. It reminded a little of Flatliners but much creepier. The camera angles, weird lighting, somber but electrifying music, the ideas presented, the acting and direction were all spot on. Olivia Wilde is amazing in this movie, turning from a sweet girl into something else by the end. This movie demands a sequel. There are some really twisted ideas presented here, and it's done in a very alarming way. For me anyway, this had me transfixed on the idea and what was happening. <more>
It felt very claustrophobic but I liked it. There were some really weird scenes cascading into some montages, I hope they flesh out more of the story with another one. It certainly left much to the imagination, the supporting actors were all good, I didn't find anything amiss though the relationships were a bit rushed in places. I really enjoyed the ending, it was a bit chilling. Watch this movie. I score it high because of how it held my attention, especially with some of the ideas that were shown however it is abstract but thats what makes it good. A well thought out, and alluding to some strange ideas about death and the after life, religion takes a back seat here there is no exorcism or anything it is a woman's spiral down a very dark hole that I found interesting. I'd watch it again, but its too chilling and to me thats a good horror movie.
very creepy...and edge of seat thriller (by marilyndean-47962)
I love scary movies..but it takes a lot to creep me out...this one did just that. The story line was not very original reminded me of Flatliners from the 90's ...but with a twist and more scares...it is a movie I suggest watching at night with the lights out. And then maybe sleep with a night light. Good movie with great acting. I would probably not buy it...but it is worth renting. I don't know why some people gave it such low votes, I really enjoyed it. I like movies that make me jump and look behind myself when I hear a noise. This movie did just that. I watched it alone..but you <more>
might want to watch it with a friend...cuz it really is creepy. ENJOY