Is there a woman who dies (either onscreen or off) whose death motivates a male protagonist? [why this matters]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: There’s a bit of a final-girl thing going on here, that horror trope often interpreted as one that gives a moderately feminist twist to a genre traditionally perceived of (rightly or wrongly) as male. Still, all the female characters here could have been played by men without really impacting the story at all. There aren’t many movies we can say that about.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Lazarus Effect! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of The Lazarus Effect.