The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a 2016 supernatural horror film directed by André Øvredal. It stars Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox as father-and-son coroners who experience supernatural phenomena while examining the body of an unidentified woman (hence named Jane Doe) (played by Olwen Kelly). It is Øvredal’s first English-language film.
What stars out as a normal autopsy for a family run morgue quickly turns supernatural for a father(Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hersch).
A crime scene turns up an unexpected corpse, a Jane Doe, and she’s sent off to the morgue to determine cause of death. As the two men begin to do just that, several things turn up strange from the external exam. Then as they cut into Jane Doe, the weird quickly becomes dangerous.
I do like my horror films, especially of the paranormal/supernatural kind, and this is definitely supernatural/paranormal. But, I was never on the seat of my chair, and the jump scares weren’t even that bad, so labeling it a horror film might have been a bit too far. Suspense, yes, thriller, yes, drama, yes even. Horror? Maybe.
However I do not recommend watching it during a thunderstorm, like I did.
My Ranking: ★ ★ ★