The majority of PG-13 horror flicks, in my experience, have been complete flops. It’s difficult to portray the proper amount of horror and scare within the limitations of a PG-13 rating without having everything seem cheesy and awkward.
The Lazarus Effect was the perfect example of how to do a PG-13 horror film right.
While focusing mainly on jump-scares, The Lazarus Effect carried them out in a way that even had me jumping. The horror of this film begins with the opening scene, not wasting a second of the audience’s time. You came for a scare? They’re going to give it to you.
Not only were there unpredictable jump-scares, many of the storylines within the film were unpredictable as well. While even the best horror films tend to have elements of predictability, this one had storyline plot twists that surprised even me (which is hard to do).
Here’s the premise: a group of scientists at a university received a grant and are experimenting with a serum in order to attempt to extend the period of time in which we can successfully bring someone back to life without cognitive damage. Sounds great, right? Well, it turns out that after a certain amount of time, bringing souls back to life might not be the best idea.
Olivia Wilde was definitely the shining actress in this film, deservedly so. The character created a sympathetic yet terrifying villain as the film progressed. Her character could have easily been portrayed in an awkward way, yet her sudden movements and deeply emotional switches were out of this world (literally).
Plot twists will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end with this one.
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