February is typically a dumping ground for troubled films, but here’s hoping it might hold a few surprises. One promising option: the upcoming sci-fi horror flick The Lazarus Effect.
Set to open on the relatively quiet weekend of Feb. 27, the film follows a group of scientists who use an experimental procedure to bring one researcher (Olivia Wilde) back to life following a tragic accident. Not surprisingly, she brings a whole lot of evil back with her. The latest trailer for the film shows off some freaky new footage, and this one could be a sneaky surprise in a month filled with films like Seventh Son and Jupiter Ascending.
It looks like a relatively formulaic sci-fi horror flick, with Wilde doing her best impersonation of a quasi-Carrie as she terrorizes her former friends with supernatural powers. But the cast is what really sets this one apart. Wilde is joined by genre favorites Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed), Evan Peters (American Horror Story) and Donald Glover (Community). Odd picks for a sci-fi horror film, but it could be just the thing to put it over the top.
The project comes from Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Sinister), which has made an absolute killing out of mid-budget horror films of this ilk in recent years. This one is directed by relative newcomer David Gelb, from a script developed by Luke Dawson (Shutter) and Jeremy Slater (The Fantastic 4).
(Via Dread Central)