Friday’s finest continues down the horror- supernatural trail after last week’s Young Frankensteen and before that Hereditary. This week’s movie The Autopsy of Jane Doe is about father-and-son coroners who experience supernatural phenomena while examining a body. The movie went under the radar just grossing 6 million at the box-office. Currently sitting at 6.7 on IMDB, and Metacritic 65%. This Jane Doe corpse in the movie f/&ked up the scores and I’ll tell you why.
It’s sad to break it to people and critics, but sometimes stories don’t have a fuzzy-duddy happy ending. This small-budget modest production produced wonders, being very smart and creepy and at times funny. Even Stephen King spoke openly of his favour for the film. Actor Emile Hirsch is the son of the coroner here and I admired from his role in Sean Penn’s Into The Wild. By golly was I rooting for him in this movie.
While investigating the murder of a family, Sheriff Sheldon and his team are puzzled with the discovery of the body of a stranger buried in the basement that does not fit to the crime scene. He brings the corpse of the beautiful Jane Doe late night to the coroner Tommy Tilden and requests to have the cause of death until the next morning to have an answer to the press. Tommy’s son and assistant Austin Tilden is ready to go to the movie theater with his girlfriend Emma, but he decides to stay to help his father in the autopsy. Along the stormy and tragic night, they disclose weird and creepy secrets about Jane Doe.
The role of the corpse, for the most part, was played by actress Olwen Kelly. Øvredal (the director) felt that it was necessary to have an actress for the part to help connect the audience on a human level and that she did indeed. One of the reasons she was selected according to the director was her knowledge of yoga, which helped her control her body and breathing.