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27 Dec 2016

Home Video Review: 'The Autopsy of Jane Doe' Is a Creepy Horror Delight

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Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond and Brian Cox in The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond and Brian Cox in The Autopsy of Jane Doe.

Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch make up a strong acting combo in The Autopsy of Jane Doe, a creepy horror film from director Andre Ovredal (Trollhunter).

Down in their basement mortuary on a stormy night, father-and-son coroners (Cox and Hirsch) are going through their routine. A local policeman rolls in a new corpse, a Jane Doe (Olwen Kelly, doing some impressive dead body acting). The body was found, incredibly preserved, under strange circumstances, with other dead bodies in the vicinity. The coroners know little about the situation; they simply get to work, searching for the cause of death.

Shortly after they begin the autopsy, bad things start to happen, including the resurrection of other corpses in the morgue. Jane Doe clearly has some big secrets, and the coroners are going to find out what they are—whether they want to or not.

Ovredal takes the chance to make a haunted-mortuary movie by the horns, and does a bang-up job with it. The movie goes a little cuckoo at times, but it stays dark and scary throughout, and should satisfy horror fans.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is available on demand and via online sources including iTunes and Amazon.com.

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