The Autopsy of Jane Doe

After completing an autopsy on a man recovered after a fire, Father and Son Morticians Tommy and Austin Tilden get a late night visit from the Sheriff.  Whilst investigating a homicide, the police have discovered in the basement a naked body of what appears to be a recently deceased young woman.  Asking the Tildens to get the autopsy done ASAP, Tommy and Austin start work on the body of ‘Jane Doe’.

One of the first discoveries they find is that ‘Jane’ has suffered some severe trauma to her wrists and ankles.  Also, when they open her mouth her tongue appears to have been severed by some kind of instrument.  At this point Austin begins to feel uneasy about continuing but his Dad ever the professional says they must carry on.  This is a decision that will soon bring about tragic circumstances.

Directed by the man who brought us the highly enjoyable ‘Troll Hunter’ Andre Ovredal, this film is a completely different beast to that monster picture.  The Autopsy of Jane Doe is played 100% straight with no joking around and is a deadly serious horror film.  Casting the acting giant that is Brian Cox (Martin Sheen was originally cast, but had to pull out) gives the film a real classy feel as Cox has impeccable thespian credentials.  His performance as the elder Tilden is magnificent and his on screen chemistry with his ‘son’ Austin played by Emile Hirsch is truly a real joy to watch.

The film is tightly edited and literally full of creepy moments with the autopsy sequences far stronger than ‘Silent Witness’ on the telly.  I can assure you that you will be seriously on the edge of your seat awaiting to find out who ‘Jane Doe’ is and the pay-off is pretty spectacular.  This is a horror film for adults and I would like to wonder what the BBFC were smoking when they classified this as a ’15’.  It should be a ’18’ all the way and even for a bloke who grew up in the pre-VRA days I would be a little uncomfortable letting a teenager watch it.

A terrifying supernatural horror (for adults and not moronic youngsters) and one of the best I’ve seen in years.  I loved it that much and I’m pretty gutted I never had the chance to see it on the big screen.  A seriously essential purchase which should be embraced by all fans of the genre and appreciators of quality film-making in general.

  • Starring Brian Cox  Emile Hirsch  Orphelia Lovibond  Michael McElhatton  Olwen Kelly
  • Director Andre Ovredal
  • Distributor Lionsgate      Scream Factory (US)