[WARNING: This trailer contains SPOILERS for The Lazarus Effect.]
The Lazarus Effect joins such upcoming 2015 releases as Jurassic World, on the list of features that look to remind us that when scientists play god in the movies, it rarely works out well. A newly-released trailer for Lazarus Effect (see above) starts out painting the film as being a straight-forward sci-fi/horror thriller, before shifting gears somewhat partway through… and revealing a bit too much about some things that happen later during the film’s second and third acts, in the process.
Lazarus Effect stars Olivia Wilde and actor/filmmaker Mark Duplass (Togetherness) as members of a group of medical students, who are working on an experimental treatment for resurrecting the dead on deceased animals – a treatment that seems to work, at that. However, when one of their kind (Wilde) is killed in a lab accident, she ends up becoming the first human tested. And the results are (you’ll never believe it) not altogether ideal.
However, complaints about spoiler-y material in the trailer aside, Lazarus Effect comes off as a somewhat bland cautionary science horror/thriller, in this preview footage. The film’s cast includes fan-faves Evan Peters (American Horror Story) and Donald Glover (Community), and it was directed by documentarian David Geib (the acclaimed Jiro Dreams of Sushi). On the other hand, though, it was scripted by Luke Dawson (the not acclaimed Thai horror remake Shutter) and newcomer Jeremy Slater (who wrote an early Fantastic Four reboot script draft).
Geib’s film – originally titled Reawakening, then Lazarus, and finally The Lazarus Effect – is the latest low-budget release from Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, The Purge, etc.). The movie’s trailer, to be fair, does allude to some interesting genre twists to the sci-fi cautionary tale formula, but right now this one seems more likely to miss than hit. (For our money, there are at least ten upcoming horror films that sound more promising).
The Lazarus Effect opens in U.S. theaters on February 27th, 2015.