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Horror - Slasher

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Duration1h 26m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Denmark: 15 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorAndré Øvredal
Writers/ScriptIan Goldberg, Richard Naing
StarringBrian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond, Olwen Kelly
RatingsIMDb: 6.8/10 by 118,566 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 87% by 103 reviewers. Review2view: 6/10.

Summary: The police are called to a house which contains multiple corpses of people who have died violently. Outside the is the partially uncovered naked body of a young woman. The police take the body to the local small town coroner and he and his son get on with the job of determining her cause of death.  As they open her up they are constantly surprised by the unimpaired state of her body, apart from the facts that her wrists and ankles have been broken and her tongue cut out. Writing on a piece of cloth found in her gut indicates that she might have been a witch, and alarming things begin to happen. They find themselves locked into the laboratory complex and the dead bodies stored in the fridges have disappeared., and somehow the body is still alive.

Content: Well, a lot of nudity since the body of the Jane Doe is lying on the slab. A lot of gore as the autopsy takes place, then alarm as first of all the lights go on and off and unwanted tunes play on the radio. Initially bodies are seen as the police visit the site where the Jane Doe is found. A lot of tension.

A View: This film has been quite well thought of, and whether you will want to watch it or not may depend on your tolerance of viewing the insides of the human body, which soon dominates every scene, quickly expunging any enthusiasm you might have for viewing the naked Jane Doe. It is a small scale outing well performed, so a watch if you like that sort of thing.

I have categorised this as a slasher film although there is more. Other films of the same genre reviewed on this site include: Elevator, Final Destination, Aftershock.

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