5 reasons to experience "The Lazarus Effect"
Writer: Naseem Randhawa
There's a new horror film in town and Olivia Wilde gets demonically wild as the lead in this one! Joining her are actors, Mark Duplass ("The Mindy Project"), Evan Peters ("American Horror Story"), Danny Glover, ("Community") and Sarah Bolger ("Once Upon A Time") which we think are already an interesting bunch on their own even before being led by David Gelb, the director of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi".
1. Olivia Wilde leads the horror
"The Lazarus Effect" follows a group of medical students as they uncover a way to bring dead animals back to life. But when Zoe (Olivia Wilde) accidently dies, her husband Frank (Mark Duplass), gets the group to bring his wife back. Of course, things start to get strange as Zoe is no longer as she once was with her demonic black tinted eyes and unnatural abilities.
The trailer alone has got us drooling in mad anticipation. But if you don't know what's so interesting about the film or why you should put it on your watch list, then here's 5 reasons why...
The gorgeous Olivia Wilde with her wide green eyes is a delight to watch on screen. But her recent choices of movie genres like sci-fi, comedy, drama and romance such as "Cowboys & Aliens", "In Time", "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and "The Longest Week" have not fared too well at the cinemas. So we're glad to see her return for her second horror movie since 2006's "Turistas" to play a really creepy 'walking dead' in "The Lazarus Effect".
2. The movie is from Blumhouse Productions
Some of the horror films from Blumhouse Productions.
Will "The Lazarus Effect" be a good scary movie? We think so, since the film is from Blumhouse Productions, the same guys who brought audiences really scary films like "Paranormal Activity", "Insidious", "Sinister", "The Purge", "Oculus", "Ouija" and "Jessabelle". The same production house has also got its first Oscar winning film with "Whiplash".
3. Evan Peters, the new heart throb
(L-R) Evan Peters in "American Horror Story", "The Lazarus Effect" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past".
The cast of the film is made even cooler with 28-year-old up and coming Hollywood heart throb Evan Peters. You might remember seeing him in all four seasons of the horror TV series, "American Horror Story" which means Peters has got all the experience he needs, or you might also recall reacting in awe while watching "X-Men: Days of Future Past" where he played the superhero mutant Quicksilver.
4. The director of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi"
Director David Gelb with Jiro Ono (right) and Jiro's son, Yoshikazu Ono (left). (Photo Source: SuperMarcey.com)
David Gelb the director of the 2011 critically acclaimed documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" finally takes on his first big screen feature film. We're not too sure why the sudden shift of genre in favour of horror, but he's masterful storytelling skills that made even a documentary on sushi interesting, has got to mean something for "The Lazarus Effect". Maybe he'll make us hungry for horror next?
5. Its "Flatliners" and "Pet Sematary" meets "Lucy"
(L-R) "Flatliners", "Pet Sematary" and "Lucy".
Remember the 1990 sci-fi horror movie "Flatliners"? Stephen King's "Pet Sematary"? Or what about the more recent Scarlett Johansson starrer, "Lucy"? If you liked all or any of those films, then imagine this film to be a mash-up of just that. The scientific resurrection of Olivia Wilde's character reminds us of "Flatliners", the creepy back from the dead bits is eerily like when the cat from "Pet Sematary" came back to life, and when Wilde's character gets all of her demonic super strength and abilities, it reminded us of "Lucy", when Scarlett Johansson got all her superhuman abilities after taking a drug.
"The Lazarus Effect" comes to cinemas this 5th March 2015.
Cinema Online, 27 February 2015