The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe

I’ve known about this for a while but didn’t feel the need to ever watch it. A slow day came along and I decided to check it out. I love horror films and something about this did feel intriguing so at the least I’d make for an enjoyable time. The films chills come at predictable times and I’m not overly fond of the ending but I did enjoy it for the most part and the concept for the power of the dead body is intriguing.

The film follows a father and son coroner who are given the body o an unidentified woman given the name Jane Doe. The case is mysterious as there seems to be no outside damage to the body but her wrists and ankles are broken and her tongue has non surgically been removed. Her eyes are cloudy which indicates someone who has been dead for a few days. Things become weirder once they cut open the body for an internal check and also discover weird and haunting incidents that start occurring around the morgue.

The film stars Emile Hirsch (who isn’t in a whole lot these days) and Brian Cox as his father. Olwen Kelly is Jane Doe and is predominant in the film but does not have to do anything. The film offers a decent amount of body gore as you can imagine with a film that takes place during an autopsy. The scares don’t come often and are generically built. I wasn’t too impressed by the ending of the film and lack of followup to the mystery of the dead body.

The predicted cause of Jane Doe’s death and origins are quite interesting but I wanted more elaboration to her back story. The film isn’t really memorable and doesn’t need to be. Its a throw away horror film that works because of the situation of taking place in a closed space and involving a haunting by what seems to be a completely dead entity. Not anything to write home about though Andre Øvredal has proved to be quite creative between this film and Trolhunter. I’d like to see what he can come up with next.


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