Every year or so, I run into a movie of any given genre that I was never intending to watch. Either I’ve heard of it and didn’t care to watch, or I’m completely blind to the entire thing. With The Autopsy of Jane Doe, I was mostly blind to it’s existence, but word started going around that it’s actually a decent horror film, which this year is a little light on having – the year 2016 AS a horror film doesn’t count, though it should! So I went ahead and checked this one out…I wasn’t all that disappointed. Let’s get into The Autopsy of Jane Doe.
This film centers on a coroner duo of a father and a son when a mysterious corpse rolls in with more questions than answers surrounding her death. She’s in pristine condition outside, but her insides tell a different story, which these doctors are having a difficult time explaining with science. That’s when things start getting out of hand…
Most critics seem to have the same thoughts behind this film, which is that the first half was phenomenal and the last half is just okay. I, on the other hand, see the entire film as a whole as being rather decent. If they kept the second half exactly like the first, it would be less horror than thriller. Which is fine, but I liked the direction they chose.
The main thing I noticed with this film is the first half was indeed original and different, but more so… it is a horror film consisting of recognizable faces, something rare in any horror film, it was shot really well, which is unfortunately another rarity in horror films, finally it tried to actually scare you on a deeper and creepier level – do I have to say it a third time? All rare things and all things I’m happy to see in this one.
No, I wouldn’t say it’s the scariest film I’ve seen all year, that’s probably reserved for The Conjuring 2, but it’s up there with Lights Out and Don’t Breathe. At the same time, it succeeds with it’s magnificent originality, chilling moments, and a head-scratcher mystery that fills in those empty spaces in between, The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a surprising hidden gem in the collection of 2016 films.
Check it out!