Review: THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE
How to review this one and not give too much away, yet still whet your appetites to see it? I could just mention the rave reviews it got on the indy circuit. I personally have been eagerly waiting for months for it to become available on video. I’m pleased to announce that it lived up to the hype.
So there’s this father and son, played by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch. Dad’s a coroner and sonny boy his assistant. The mom died a couple of years prior, of an implied suicide. The characters are almost instantly likeable and relatable. You don’t want anything bad to happen to these guys, or to their cat, Stanley–but you it know it’s going to. Then there’s this crime scene, where the body of a beautiful young woman is discovered interred in a basement, with no apparent cause of death and no signs of decomposition. This “Jane Doe” is rushed to the morgue for a hurried identification. Suffice it to say, there’s more to her than meets the eye; you probably could have figured that out by yourselves. (But when the big reveal comes, I’d bet it isn’t what you would have expected.) The movie is a slow boil at first–not that you notice, because it’s all handled so effectively and the dialogue and characterizations are that good–but when things get going, they really get going. If there were an Oscars strictly for quality Horror flicks, this one might be the year’s big winner.
One caveat, though: Don’t watch it if you have a weak stomach. The FX are convincing in the extreme, and, well, consider the title. ‘Nuff said, I reckon.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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