The Lazarus Effect

2015 PG-13 1h 23m Blu-ray / DVD

The Lazarus Effect

2015 PG-13 1h 23m Blu-ray / DVD
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After discovering a serum that can bring the deceased back to life, a team of medical researchers is horrified to find that the revolutionary drug carries with it some gruesome and lethal side effects.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Lazarus Effect is a horror thriller about a group of medical students who resurrect a dead woman, with unexpected results. There's lots of scary stuff and plenty of jump-shocks, plus blood, deaths, and some creepy hospital-type stuff (i.e. needles). Dead animals are shown and experimented on. Language isn't frequent but includes a few uses of "s--t" and other words. Two characters are a couple and are seen kissing, cuddling, etc. The female lead also briefly kisses another man, and there's a discussion about dental dams. One character smokes an electronic cigarette, to the others' annoyance, and there's some wine and champagne drinking. The movie has the same "don't play God" themes as classics like Frankenstein and The Monkey's Paw and could spur discussions about life and death.

Sexual Content

A loving couple kisses. The woman also kisses another man. A discussion about dental dams.


Lots of scary stuff. Dead animals on an operating table, suddenly jumping to life. Nightmare sequences about a burning building. Needles, a heart Defibrillator, and other creepy operating room stuff. Jump-shocks. Characters die in gruesome ways. Blood is shown.


"S--t" used several times, plus "ass," "d--k," "bitch," and "hell."

Social Behavior

Basically the same theme as that of literary classics Frankenstein and The Monkey's Paw: Man shouldn't play God, trying to take control over life and death. There will be consequences.


The game World of Warcraft is shown.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A character smokes an electronic cigarette, even though others ask him not to. (He pays the price.) Characters drink wine at home, champagne for a celebration.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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