The Autopsy of Jane Doe
The Autopsy Of Jane Doe- Official Review
By Brian Wallinger
The thing about horror films is that all good ones come in waves, but all the great ones fly in right below the radar without anybody knowing about them. This film may not be original, it may not even be that frightening, it is certainly convincing.
The film's pace is set during the opening as a violent crime scene is being investigated by local authorities who find the body of a dead woman buried in the basement of the house. Confused as to how she came to be there and how she died, the police have her body sent to be given an autopsy by a father and son duo played by Emile Hirsch and veteran actor Brian Cox.
When the autopsy is underway, unexplained thing's begin to happen. The further they go more begins to unfold around them and it becomes possible that all is not what it may seem. Using conventional horror film techniques, and filmed almost entirely in one location, the film offers very few scares. The strong performances and noble direction are unique and convincing. It's just that there are times when certain elements of the film feel repetitive and rushed. It doesn't have much logic incorporated into it. Also I wish the film itself had been at least thirty minutes longer to give itself time to breathe and to give it a chance to capitalize on its structure rather then sticking to the basics.
With that said this supernatural offering by IFC Films is in no way a bad film. It has a good story with good acting, but these strengths are undercut by the timing and flat finish. As an independent horror film on a budget it's better than most.