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The Autopsy of Jane Doe

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6.81 h 26 min2016X-RayR
Coroners are mystified by an unidentified corpse, until a series of terrifying events make it clear: Jane Doe may not be dead.
Directors
Andre Ovredal
Starring
Brian CoxEmile HirschOphelia Lovibond
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SuspenseArthouseHorror
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Ben PughFred BergerRory AitkenEric Garcia
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AMC Plus Horror
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R (Restricted)
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Smokingsubstance usenudityfoul languagesexual contentviolence
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titania86Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A well crafted film with a tense, eerie atmosphere
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The police uncover a bizarre crime scene where everyone in the house has died in a violent way and seemed to be trying to escape in addition to the dead body found half buried in the ground. The Jane Doe is taken to a local funeral home to find out where she came from. Tommy is a coroner working to train his son Austin in the trade. Together, they try to figure out how Jane Doe died with each stage of the autopsy exposing stranger and stranger injuries and artifacts. When an unexpected storm traps them in the underground lab, Jane might not be as helpless as she seems.

I first watched The Autopsy of Jane Doe with no expectations and it blew me away. The first half of the movie is completely unique and I had no idea where it was going. Tommy and Austin go through the thorough process of an autopsy from examining each part, marking down injuries and oddities, and taking samples. Tommy's style is very traditional, so he uses an old camcorder, a chalk board, reference books, a polaroid camera, and bells attached to the corpse's ankles. Through the entire procedure, both men are completely professional and treat her body as a typical part of their job and never even remark on her beauty or form beyond their scientific examination. Both seem like they've been doing this for years and have an easy routine that doesn't end where they expected. As they go deeper into the autopsy, things get more and more odd. Her exterior is perfect, but her body hides torturous injuries such as shattered wrists and ankles, her tongue cut out, burned lungs, and deep vaginal cuts. The situation starts out a little odd. progresses to sad when they think she's a victim of sex trafficking, and ends of up at bizarre and frightening.

I immediately liked Tommy and Austin. Their banter feels completely natural as well as the tension when touching upon long standing disagreements. I especially admire their dedication to doing thorough, top notch work although Tommy stops there while Austin wants to figure out more about Jane Doe's situation. Their shared history is shown in small, natural glimpses throughout the film. When Stanley the cat is found mutilated in an air duct, Tommy mercifully kills him, wraps him in scrubs, and incinerates him. This scene could easily be seen as cruel, but the emotion is all over Brian Cox's face. An offputting act is turned into one of love and sorrow. The cat was his last connection to his late wife, whose suicide he partially blames himself for. Tommy and Austin are stuck in time because of this death. Tommy keeps everything as it was, his business literally frozen, and keeps his true feelings buried. Austin doesn't want to inherit his father's business, but goes through the motions anyway while he longs to go to college and pursue something else. Both of these men are so relatable and try to protect each other every step of the way. It's hard not to really care about this father and son as things go off the rails.

The second half of the film is a little more typical and falls into home invasion and supernatural tropes, but I was already to invested and clueless as to where it was going that it didn't really matter. The first indication of something not right is an eerie but catchy song that comes on the radio called Let the Sun Shine In. The lyrics warn of letting the devil in and something simply seems off with it. The radio weather announcers first describe beautiful weather, then a huge storm coming in, and finally directly warning that they don't want to get caught in it. Then things go off the deep end. Even though it's more typically horror, the film is still restrained, focusing more on tension and atmosphere over gore or jump scares. The scary moments are in bells tinkling softly and quiet moments of confusion with a few contrasting moments. These men are woefully outmatched against a supernatural foe they know next to nothing about.

Jane Doe herself is a fascinating character who moves very little and lays silent for the entire film. She is portrayed by Olwen Kelly, who emotes so well through this static role. A film where an actress lays naked for the whole film could have been very exploitative or crass, but this is quite the opposite. The way she is filmed and treated by the characters is full of respect and professionalism. During the first half of the film, her face gives a melancholy air as we process the horror of this tortured young woman. As the film goes on, the shape of her eyes and mouth as well as the tilt of her head change her demeanor drastically even though she doesn't really move. As her power is shown in the second half of the film, her face appears more shrewd and sinister. Tommy hypothesizes that she was a normal woman that was tortured and turned into a witch as a result. Even though it comes a little out of nowhere, I love this idea that the so called pious people creating a witch out of their own evil actions.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe blew my mind when I watched it the first time. No matter how many times I watch, the eerie and tense atmosphere makes me want to hide behind something. It's simply well crafted all around with a few small flaws here and there. Jane Doe is so overpowered and able to manipulate every one of her victim's senses like the mirror in Oculus. Like that film, the people didn't have very much of a chance to survive. All of the performances are excellent and I believe their relationships right away, allowing the plot to move forward more quickly than usual. I would love to see more from all involved. This film is simply a work of art.
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BridgettReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Creepy, creepy, creepy! You need to watch this...
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My husband and I are horror movie junkies. To say we've seen a ton of movies in the genre is an understatement. Yet, I can honestly say, the first 2/3 of this movie is the creepiest I've ever seen. I actually felt scared which NEVER happens to me. The whole atmosphere of the movie, the character's reactions, the topic...it all worked together to create a truly terrifying experience for the viewer.

Unfortunately, there were a couple of small holes in the plot, and the ending didn't blow me away. In fact, after that huge build-up, the conclusion let me down, which is why it's getting 4 stars instead of 5. This story had the opportunity to be so powerful, but I feel like the director/writer decided to take the easy way out. Regardless, if you're a horror movie buff, I HIGHLY recommend this film. Even better? Watch it with all the lights off during a storm.

I'm still thinking about this movie days later...
63 people found this helpful
that guyReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not The Average Horror Flick
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Let me start off by saying I'm not a fan of horror genre as much as I used to be due to everything insisting on having jump scares for no reason and the quality has been dumbed down as time goes by. Well it's rare to find a movie like this these days. This movie sets off with atmosphere right away by having it take places in a morgue underneath a house. Not the a typical morgue either where it's been abandoned and there's some ridiculous lore behind it. No. Just a run of the mill morgue. Factor that in with dead bodies, terrible weather, and just a strange feeling and you got yourself a movie. But what sets this aside from modern day horror films is that kt takes its time building the suspense. Without spoiling anything once the body arrives of Jane Doe and the autopsy begins every single shot and sound is terrifyingly unsettling. Personally I haven't been more terrified watching a movie since I first seen the original Nightmare on Elm Street when I was a child. Is it a game changer? Probably not. But is it a damn good scary as hell movie that's a lovely callback to the good old days of horror? Absolutely yes. I recommend this to family, friends, strangers on the street, my dry cleaner, you reading this wondering if I'm on drugs, and to anyone just wanting to watch a good movie.
18 people found this helpful
JIMIReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
New Questionable
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When I received this title "The Autopsy of Jane Doe" as a new Item, my thought was Can't Be. The case was wrapped in vacuum-sealed shrink wrap. DVD companies do not use vacuum-sealed shrink wrap it is to expensive not mention the labor involved. How do I know I've used the equipment myself being a warehouse manager for more than 35 years. Operating shipping and receiving departments with many different types of packaging tools and machinery. Especially in the Aircraft area where safety, security, and long term protection may be required. But the main and obvious indication was the case itself. Worn and wavy plastic from opening and closing over a period of time. Plus the folding areas at the bottom of the case had been opened and closed so many times they were cracked and broken. Which is what occurs as plastic cases are flexed over and over again. The seams just ware out with constant use. Don't get me wrong the DVD movie plays well when I performed my function testing. But this should not have been advertised as a new item for sale. When clearly is was not new. I have purchased many DVD's in like new and very good condition and the cases were in better condition than this one. So I would suggest you be truthful in the future it will go along way in your business. - JIMI
3 people found this helpful
Nicole D.Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great supernatural suspense.
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Loved this movie. It's plausible - as far as witchcraft can be plausible. Watching two morticians trying to figure out what's going, using a scientific process against a supernatural threat, created a great tension. If you like horror movies without a lot of gore (it has an autopsy amount), but with supernatural suspense, you'll like this one.
24 people found this helpful
R. B.Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Well-crafted, gripping horror film
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I really enjoyed this movie, it fell into only a few the traps and traps so many horror movies do. The thrill was not so much was it unpredictable... it wasn't but the earnest execution of all the actors including the Jane Doe and the great autopsy effects were a huge bonus. Sometimes movies reviewers will posit that it's ok to be predictable because it's the experience... problem is those movies rarely deliver. This one did. It knows where it was going and played it well. There is some gore but not excessive, The bodies in a morgue are always naked so there is a lot of nudity in that way but not lurid or sexual. Jane is an extremely attractive woman but it is a testament to how well this movie crafted that she is not sexualized. That is actually a good example of how the director and actors carefully avoided tropes. This movie is focused on good performances which build the characters. Where there are deficiencies in the script the acting deftly covers. It isn't the most terrifying or horrifying movie but it was highly engaging. Potential spoiler:

I didn't love the ending as it does allow for a sequel. All and all 4.5 out 5 in it genre ... Amazon doesnt allow half stars so... 5 it is. Glad I bought this on a whim.
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Groovy TaterbugReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Scary Good!!!
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OK, OK, THIS......movie is a rare jewel in today's venue of horror films. Very tense, scary, mysterious.... great actors, credible gore, filming, editing, and story line. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least as I am an extremely difficult critic when it comes to horror movies. Don't give me slashers, hackers, teen age bimbos with their boobs hanging out before they get wacked... give me a strong story, something that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck and chill bumps all over, give me a new boogie man, monster, fiend, that is believable. Something that is going to make you have to watch cartoons afterwards to shake off that creepy feeling, and turn on all the lights as you walk thru the house after the ending.
This flick does that
It's a two bowls of popcorn and a six pack type of film. Definitely looking forward to a sequel or pre-equal.
248 people found this helpful
GeorgeReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Fun "Haunted House" Romp!
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No Spoilers.

Overall, an entertaining horror film. The main characters were fleshed out decently and the actors did a fantastic job selling themselves as a father and son coroner team.

Yes, it has some typical horror movie tropes, including a few jump scares with the typical creepy and eerie gore included for effect; it's a horror flick after all.

The only real criticism I have with this film, is its third act. It falls into the same trap that so many films in this genre fall into: it goes off the rails, by injecting too much adrenaline into itself, thereby losing the pace that made the movie enjoyable in the first place. This movie was a bit of a slow burn in the beginning, but honestly, that was okay for this film, because the actors are talented people, and they're good at keeping the audience involved. I wasn't bored at all. So it was kind of disappointing when this aspect of the film's strong point, didn't finish in like manner. Plus the story was left too open-ended, in my opinion. I'm guessing we'll see a sequel? Who knows.

But again, overall a fun romp of a flick that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to a friend. Enjoy!
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