The studio that brought us Paranormal Activity and Insidious is taking on straight-up sci-fi horror in the first trailer for The Lazarus Effect.
The film definitely seems to have a Flatliners vibe, and follows the team behind a controversial research project to find a way to bring people back from the dead. As you’d suspect, they succeed, but it doesn’t go exactly as planned. Namely, a scientist played by Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) comes back as a freaky mix of Carrie-meets-zombie.
The mid-budget sci-fi horror flick comes from a studio adept at making mid-budget horror films, and at least judging by the trailer, this one looks solid. Along with Wilde, they’ve assembled a stellar up-and-comer cast including surprise sci-fi all-star Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, The One I Love), Evan Peters (American Horror Story) and Donald Glover (Community).
That’s a darn good group of actors, thought admittedly not exactly the names you’d associate with a scare-tastic sci-fi horror film. Turns out that’s by design. Here’s how producer Jason Blum explained the approach to Entertainment Weekly, and how they're trying to subvert expectations:
“The most important thing to make a movie scary is that the you forget you’re watching actors, and you think you’re watching real people. So I think if the audience sees someone they don’t necessarily associate with that genre, it make it feel more real.”
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think:
The Lazarus Effect is set to open Feb. 27.