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Monday, 30 November 2015

THE LAZARUS EFFECT [2015]

Director David Gelb's horror film The Lazarus Effect sat on the shelf for two years and from what I can tell, most of the good parts rotted away in storage.
The ridiculously short running time of 86 minutes gave me enough time to get fully absorbed into the story about resurrecting the dead in a university science lab.  It completely creeped me out with it's isolated Alien like lit atmosphere and beautifully set nightmare sequences but then the story fell to complete shit.  In the blink of an eye, it tossed out all the interesting questions it asks the viewer and forgets it's wonderful atmospherics for an over abundance of disappointing done-to-death horror movie kills and scares.  A talented cast, great set-up and creepy ethics all go to waste to what I can only assume were rushed re-shoots by a studio that got cold feet.

2½ bags of potato chips from Dean Pelton out of 5

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