The Autopsy of Jane Doe

2016 • 86 minutes
4.2
1.21K reviews
86%
Tomatometer
R
Rating
Eligible
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It's just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse comes in. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doe—eerily well preserved and with no visible signs of trauma—is shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead. The latest from Trollhunter director Andre Ovredal is a scarily unpredictable, supernatural shocker that never lets up.
Rating
R
4.2
1.21K reviews
Cameron G
June 27, 2017
SPOILERS - SPOILERS - SPOILERS - They used every cliche in the book on this one. Emile Hirsch looks through a small opening, and guess what...a scary face suddenly appears! He looks under a door...and a dead guy's foot appears! Brian Cox opens a shower curtain that moved...nobody there, but then something grabs him from behind! Lightning and thunder...and the radio station changes to a silly song and the power goes out! Hitachi looks into an air duct because he hears strange noises...something approaches his face super fast and then disappears! He then decides to take another look into air duct...he finds his mangled pet cat! They try to escape in an elevator...and it gets stuck! A naked dead body walks toward them as slow as a snail...and they're really scared of it! Cox feels an uncontrollable urge to axe said slow walking naked dead guy...it turns out to be Hirsch's girlfriend who he had told to come back later! After determining Jane Doe is responsible for all the shenanigans, they set her on fire...the whole room becomes ablaze but she doesn't burn! In the end...everyone ends up dead! This whole movie was designed to be scary based on all those tired and worn out cliches, with virtually no coherent plot. If they still scare you after hundreds of movies have used each one of them to death (pun intended), you'll jump and scream and think this is a great horror film. If you're looking for an intricate plot like, perhaps, The Exorcist, The Omen, The Silence of the Lambs, Let the Right One In, or even A Nightmare on Elm Street (even the worst is more inventive than "Autopsy"), you'll be sorely disappointed and bored to tears. The positive reviews are certainly not horror film connoisseurs.
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Angela Gunn
January 20, 2017
Beginning and ending are interesting, but the second act is full of lackluster scares and cliched dialogue. Also hard to get freaked out by the passive acting and directing choices as well as lack of blood or gore to help you understand why the characters believe they will be killed. A couple of well done, simple rewrites would have turned this into a freaked box office splash. Glad I only paid 99 cents for it. Waste of money otherwise.
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long so
July 19, 2017
Wasn't all that scary which can be a good thing. The whole autopsy telling of the story is something I really liked because it brings something and the way they did it was smart and not dumbing down the audience. The final two scenes when Jane Doe was wheeled away And in the ambulance completely destroyed the whole movie as a whole I thought. But it in my opinion gives characters you care about something that movies nowadays lack.
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