The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)


Director: Andre Ovredal

Writer: Ian B Goldberg, Richard Naing (Screenplay)

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Parker Sawyers, Jane Perry


Plot: Cox and Hirsch play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young “Jane Doe,” they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Very Impressive


Story: The Autopsy of Jane Doe starts as we see a mysterious body found in a bloodbath of a crime scene, this Jane Doe (Kelly) is taken the Tilden Autopsy room. This autopsy room is run by father Tommy (Cox) and son Austin (Hirsch) who have been in the industry for years. While there is an underline story that Austin might be leaving his father to be his own man.

Back to the main story we see the father and son try to figure out what happened to Jane Doe finding unusual results on first sights with fractured wrists and ankles with a severed tongue. With all signs pointing to human trafficking this is fast going to become one of the most disturbing nights of these men’s life.


Thoughts on The Autopsy of Jane Doe


StoryThis is one of the most intense horror stories I have seen this year, we do have a thin father son relationship being tested which is fine but this is more about how these two must find a way to work together through an unknown event, the best part of this is that they remain calm and scientific through the night. This will keep you guessing from start to finish.

HorrorThis is easily one of the best horror films from 2016 that doesn’t ever consider stopping with the tension being built up throughout, we have moments of gore with the autopsy as well as events going on through the film and everything mixes together to make it all so shocking along the way.

Characters/PerformanceWhen it comes to the characters nearly everything is about the father and son relationship who have failed to move on since their wife and mother’s death. The rest of the cast are mostly supporting characters while we do have the Jane Doe character stuck in the naked position for the whole autopsy. Hirsch and Cox are good together with great chemistry both giving great performances throughout.

SettingsThe whole film is set inside the mortuary which brings us the isolated location needed for the horror, every inch of the location can be used for the horror and is to the extant needed.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all used perfectly when needed without going overboard in the film.

Final ThoughtsThis could easily be people favourite horror film of the year, it does nearly everything right by keeping us guessing throughout.


Overall: This is one of the most surprisingly shocking and enjoyable horror films of the year.





  1. I think we need to do a show on this, maybe a call in show so people can explain what the hell is going on. I did like it but perhaps they explained something important when I went to the bathroom. Did not get the witch thing. Help Darren!

    • From what i understood she was NEVER a Witch but became cursed to force everyone she made contact with suffer what she went through which was what a witch in salem would have gone through.

      • I heard she was an innocent as were all witches of the time. I guess I need to find a full plot explanation. Who cursed her? What happened at the previous crime scene? The director is good but he left a lot of questions in my tiny brain. I guess he did “Troll Hunter.” Have you seen that one? I have not.

      • Troll Hunter is amazing mockumntary style horror in Norwegian i believe.

        As for who cursed her it is more that the suffer became a curse, you would see this a lot in the Japanese horrors like The Grudge and The Ring.

        The previous crime scene was the same, she made the people around her expereince what she did, the cops quote it was more like they were trying to get out rather than stop someone getting in.

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