‘Lazarus’ rises above the horror pack

With its homages to Frankenstein, The Exorcist andThe Shining, director David Gelb’s The Lazarus Effect is at least smarter and tenser than last year’s crop of tame horror films.

It also qualifies as one of the more intriguing career segues: Gelb’s last film was 2011’s cult-favorite foodie documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

It begins as a medical thriller (**½ out of four; rated PG-13; opens Friday) as a team of researchers believe they’ve discovered a serum that could resurrect recently dead or comatose patients.

Heading up the project is Frank — yes he’s Dr. Frank, but thankfully his last name isn’t revealed to be Stein — played by Mark Duplass. His fiancée, Zoe (Olivia Wilde), is his partner in science. The rest of the team includes college researchers Niko (Donald Glover), Clay (Evan Peters) and videographer Ava (Sarah Bolger).

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