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The Dose: Autopsy of Jane Doe Review

The Dose: Autopsy of Jane Doe Review

January 22
23:18 2017

Autopsy of Jane doe is a movie that in many ways has the perfect title.

It gives hints of mystery, uncertainty, and lures us in by preying on our own morbid curiosity. Who is this mysterious woman? What happened to her? And why is her autopsy particularly intriguing? All of these are questions that ran through my mind when I first glanced at the poster for this indie horror gem. Starring Emile Hirsch of Into the Wild fame and Bill Cox, who is no stranger to lurid subject matter, having played the first big screen incarnation of Hannibal Lector in Michael Mann’s 1986 Neo Noir thriller Manhunter.

Autopsy of Jane Doe begins with the discovery of a family that is found brutally murdered in their home and upon further investigation by police they discover a perfectly preserved female body buried in the basement of the families’ home.

We are then introduced to the father and son coroner duo who are just about to close up for the night when the sheriff brings in the unidentified woman, demanding that the cause of death be identified as fast as possible.

What follows is an unraveling of mysteries that are brought forth by each step of the autopsy and as more is revealed the more obvious it becomes that this is no ordinary corpse, and sinister elements are very much at play.

Further explanation of the plot will reveal major spoilers and for a movie that strings the viewer along through our fascination with death and the unknown, slowly revealing startling revelations through fantastically gruesome methods secures this film as one of the best original horror films to come along since The VVitch

The film is masterfully shot and like all great horror films has its own color palette and aesthetic that genuinely add to the cold and clinical atmosphere that Norwegian Director André Øvredal, who previously helmed the low budget, but incredibly fun Troll-Hunter. He definitely comes into his own with this feature and is added to a list of incredible talents coming out of the horror genre.

This film is still in limited release but is also available on VOD and if you’re looking for a refreshing take on the horror genre that stray’s away from the jump scare infested bog of years past definitely do not miss Autopsy of Jane Doe.

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