The underground horror scene is rife with underrated and unhyped movies just waiting for the large scale audiences to discover, The Autopsy of Jane Doe is one of these hidden treasures. Secreted into limited release and vanishing into streaming services this film is the first English-language release from Norwegian director Andre Ovredal who created the wildly fun “TrollHunter”.
After multiple murders are discovered in a Virginia house the body of a partially buried unidentified girl is brought into a medical examiner’s dark basement office to find Cause of Death. This is conducted by father and son team played by Brian Cox (X2, Manhunter) and Emile Hursh (Alpha Dogs, Killer Joe). As they perform this late night autopsy the two discover the pristine veneer does not match the gruesome sublayers they find inside the cadaver attempting to logically piece together the story behind this mystery women, but what if this dead body has nothing logical behind it?
With excellent practical effects adding to creative scares, emotionally charging atmosphere full of gruesome noises from breaking bones to peeling skin this is a movie the thin skinned will want to watch in the light. Overdal’s direction made this screenplay which could have easily turned into a wash if done by a subpar director a very entertaining film with rewatchable appeal. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is perfect for horror fans seeking a simplistic premise with dark sub layers designed to produce a much bigger picture of the investigation into the body of evil.