The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) stars Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, and Ophelia Lovibond. In this film, we meet a father and son who run the local morgue and perform autopsies. One night the police bring in a very special and mysterious case and request the autopsy results immediately. As the two morticians start to perform the exam, strange things start to occur and the mystery behind the woman’s identity deepens.
WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS
Autopsy of Jane Doe Plot
As for most horror movies, the plot to this film remains fairly simple. Weird and unexplainable things begin to occur as they cut in the body of this young woman. They find several medical anomalies with her corpse that they are unsure how to explain. The son also begins to feel the spiritual force of the young woman and before too long, the father feels it as well. The story telling in the film does do a reasonably good job of building tension and mystery. What destroys this film falls short is the ending. The audience gets this unsatisfying explanation why these strange events are occurring. It feels rushed and like the writers couldn’t think of anything good so let’s use an obvious and uninteresting trope. The ending is quite predictable and this takes away from the work they did making it mysterious and interesting.
Failure to Be Original
The premise of the movie has the starting place to be a unique idea and they can do some really neat things with the idea. Sadly this is not the case. The film follows several horror movie tropes that don’t quite make it a formula piece but almost do. We get a pet murdered by the ghost and lots of things seen out of the corner of the eye. For a horror movie set in a morgue, there was a lot more interesting things they could have done in this film that they just miss the mark on. This film would be much more original if they had chosen a different explanation and ending as well.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe is not a terrible horror movie but it’s far from being very good either. It’s an entertaining watch if you are bored…. Just don’t expect a lot out of it. People who pride themselves on being horror movie enthusiasts will probably find it very dull while those unaccustomed to horror films may find it enjoyable. Overall we give it a 2 out of 5 bats
Would You Go to a Morgue?
A morgue can be a creepy place and a great setting for a horror movie. If you’re interested in learning more about the inner workings of morgues, be sure to check your local cities. Some cities have historical morgues as part of museums, like the Vancouver Police Museum, and you can go on tours to learn more. Sign up for our mailing list or join our social media to stay in the loop for more and upcoming reviews! Stay spooky!