Saturday, December 31, 2016

#JustaQuickiePlease: The Lazarus Effect Review

Horror films should never be rated anything less than R, and this movie proves why.  What is a cool, albeit unoriginal, concept, is pigeonholed by its rating, hindering it from truly exploring its theme and the terror that should accompany it.  Add in a new director, with little experience in the genre, and this resurrection flick fails before it even begins.  The script, though rudimentary in places, is sound and engaging, but the performances are so predictable and stale, that the storytelling instantaneously suffers and thrills immediately diminish.  There are a rare few quick and effective shocks, but the majority of the scares are redundant and commonplace.   Overall, this is a film that could have been deeply frightening but works so hard against itself, that in the end, the only thing that is disturbing is the fact you wasted almost ninety minutes of your time.  0 out of 5 Kernels; This low budget feature was DOA with no hope of resuscitation.

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