Director: David Gelb
Screenplay: Luke Dawson, Jeremy Slater
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Evan Peters
Country: U.S.A.
Running Time: 83 min
Year: 2015
BBFC Certificate: 15

Here we are again, ready to review another horror movie and i start it with a simple question for you. Are we really running out of new ideas for storylines? I am fully aware that it is said there are seven basic plots but why do people keep rehashing the same thing over and over again.

The Story

This is story of a group of scientists who create an experimental formula to resurrect the dead. They start by testing it out on a deceased dog which was successful but was not approved by the university, which results in their experiments being terminated. Unwilling to just stop when so close to finding a way to cheat death itself they continue with experiments on their own which results in the death of one of them, Zoe. Her partner, who was one of the scientists is struck with grief and decides to use the formula to bring her back. Upon her return they begin to realise that she may have brought something back with her. Can they survive her wrath.

Production Team

This film was directed by David Gelb, who previously mainly dealt with documentaries and takes his first step into directing a feature length film. This film was well shot and the special effects were impressive at times. I also have to point out how well the makeup artists did on Zoe’s flesh throughout the film. Next up we have the writers, Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater. Luke Dawson (No relation) now holds two films and one short under his belt which are New York Stories, Shutter and this, where as Jeremy Slater holds two films with two more on their way. They are the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot and this film with a film being filmed now called Pet and another in pre-production based on one of my favorite mangas Death-note. This film grossed £16,678,277.14p in the US box office and had a budget of £2,133,347.14p. That goes to show that reviews are mainly about personal opinion because this film was classed as a success showing on 2,666 Screens on its opening weekend.

The Cast

First up we have Mark Duplass who plays Frank the man who will do anything to save the life of his partner. Mark Duplass is best known for his role as Brendan Deslaurier in TV’s The Mindy Project. Next up we have the wonderful Olivia Wilde bringing the character of Zoe to life (pun intended). Now you may recognize her from roles in Skin, The O.C, or even as Quorra in Tron legacy, but my ultimate favourite role of hers was as thirteen in House M.D. Next on the team of scientists we have Sarah Bolger who plays Eva. She is best known for her roles in Spiderwick Chronicles, Stormbreaker and as Princess Aurora in Once Upon A Time. We also have Evan Peter starring as Clay. He has shown his capability on the silver screen with such roles as Quicksilver in X-Men Days Of Future Past and the next instalment X-Men Apocalypse, Todd in Kick-Ass and some TV roles including Jesse Varon in Invasion. I also want to include the spectacular Ray Wise who plays Mr Wallace and is best known for his roles in Reaper as the Devil, Leland Palmer in Twin Peaks and also as Frank Waverly in Night Of The Living Deb (Which I reviewed earlier on this week).

My Opinion 

This was a film with great potential. It had a superb cast that really held their own on what was in my eyes a poorly written story. There was very little in this Production that I can class as new. I am afraid to say that this film feels generic and because of that I’m afraid I did not enjoy this movie.


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