The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: André Øvredal
Starring: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond
Rated: M/Region B/2:40/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available From Umbrella Entertainment
Tommy and Austin Tilden run a morgue and a crematorium in Virginia. One day, the local sheriff brings them a body that they’ve nicknamed Jane Doe and that was found in a basement. Father and son will soon discover that the new job isn’t purely routine and that, even though the body itself is intact, Jane Doe’s insides have been violently messed with, quite possibly a victim of a terrible ritualistic force.
I can’t say enough good things about the extremely creepy and awesome, The Autopsy of Jane Doe. This is a movie I saw last year that impressed me so much that it made the top two of my best of the year list. It was neck and neck with The Witch for the top spot. This movie is a film you can find from Scream Factory in the states and Umbrella Entertainment over in Australia. Regardless of which you go with, you shouldn’t delay on your chance to own this one as soon as you can. The movie opens with a bloody scene and the viewer not really knowing what went on, but we know something awful has gone down. The cops find the body of Jane Doe half-way buried the backyard and take her over the crematorium for the investigation. From then until the very haunting end we have a father and son tormented by this Jane Doe. As the autopsy goes on we find out more and more clues as to what is going on with the girl and why what’s happening to everyone is happening. The putting together of the clues is just one of the things that make this movie work as well as it does. A lot of times when it comes to horror movies we have trouble finding any that are legit scary and trust me when I tell you that The Autopsy of Jane Doe is about as legit scary as it gets in the world of horror. I have no question in my mind that this is a movie we’ll be seeing people talk about ten years or more from now on the topic of great horror films.
The only other film by director André Øvredal I had seen before this one was Troll Hunter, but this movie blows it out of the water. We have the right mix of mood, bloody stuff, and acting to keep you not only watching but on the edge of your seat while watching. The film is one that you can tell has a lot of thought put into the plot and it keeps you guessing about things about as much as it keeps our two mortician guessing. Plus, we actually like these characters played by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, so we feel bad for them being in this situation and want to see the best outcome for them. We also got to give credit to Olwen Catherine Kelly who plays our Jane Doe. You might not expect much out of someone playing a body but she is great in this role and might have perhaps made a cool new horror character for more movies if they decide to go that way with it. Anyway, even if this is the only film we see in these Jane Doe movies, then it more than delivers.
– Cast and Crew Interviews
– Behind the Scenes
Quality of Transfer: 98%