Review in Brief: The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

There are surprisingly few horror movies set in morgues. Plenty with morgue scenes, but a scarcity that really make the most of that cold dread atmosphere for an extended duration. What they do with a few key simple sounds and our natural human discomfort around death is creepy, the lighting and camera angles that cause subtle changes on Jane Doe’s face as her autopsy progresses are even creepier. From a slow and subtle build we eventually get a full-on scare-fest the effect of which would be ruined if I were to describe it in more detail. Better to go in cold and you’ll leave with a racing heart and a not entirely unpleasant lingering feeling of unease. I wasn’t a great fan of André Øvredal’s previous effort TROLL HUNTER, but here his talent for world-building with limited  resources and consistently scaring the pants off his audience is without doubt. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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