The Autopsy of Jane Doe has already taken critics and audiences by storm at film festivals – and now we know why!

The Autopsy of Jane Doe has a deliciously eerie feeling from the very beginning. And no, it’s not just because it takes place at a morgue. I mean, we’ve seen that in countless horror movies. Not to mention the brilliant Six Feet Under TV show.

No, the reason The Autopsy of Jane Doe works so well is because everything works together to set the scene. The two main characters of father and son, who clearly have some intense darkness in their pasts. Also, there’s Jane Doe herself. The fact that a body can evoke such emotion is scary all on its own.

For the longest time, we have no idea what’s going on. So really, it’s a mystery as well as a horror movie. But mark my words; This is very much a horror movie.

I really can’t imagine anyone loving horror and not loving The Autopsy of Jane Doe. And don’t worry, it’s not some dark drama filled story without any real horror. So anyone thinking The Autopsy of Jane Doe is more drama than horror has no need to worry.

The best acting corpse ever

It’s difficult to explain how someone can portray a corpse and still act their heart out. But you’ll just have to watch The Autopsy of Jane Doe to understand what the Hell I’m talking about.

The fact is that Olwen Kelly is absolutely mesmerizing even though she’s portraying a dead body. You find yourself being absolutely drawn to this mystery, who is Jane Doe. And honestly, that’s a very troubling feeling when we’re talking about a Jane Doe, who is already dead.

Still, things keep happening. The tiniest little developments make you sit up and take notice… and then things get really crazy.

Of course, the corpse is just one thing. The two primary characters are the father and son, who are portrayed by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch respectively. These two are damn fine actors, and I’ve never seen them do bad work.

When Brian Cox appeared in the final season of Penny Dreadful for just a few scenes, it was simply perfect. And Emile Hirsch has done everything from cute comedies like The Girl Next Door to intense projects such as Into The Wild.

The two work perfectly together and have a very natural father-son bond that I have no problem accepting from the get-go. It’s very refreshing to see a positive father-son relationship with no angst or drama.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe - review - Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is bigger than life

I know… was a life pun really necessary?! Well, yes, when it comes to this movie, I think is was. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is such a tiny story on paper, but somehow it becomes very big. And it seems to happen all of a sudden, when it has you completely at its mercy.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe was directed by Norwegian director, André Øvredal. Back in 2010, he gave us Troll Hunter, which is a pretty amazing movie as well. However, instead of being in a small room with a big story, we were in the majestic mountains of Norway with huge monsters. And yet, the two stories are somehow not that different.

With Øvredal it’s about the people; Who they are, what they’ve done and how they react.

Of course, no good movie exists without a good story and a good script. This one was written by Richard Naing and Ian B. Goldberg. It’s the feature film debut for both of them, so they’re off to a great start.

Goldberg has worked on quite a few TV shows previously, such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Naing’s only writing credit before this movie was one episode for the TV series Dead of Summer, which was created by Goldberg.

Well, here’s hoping they’ll continue working together on future feature film scripts. If this one is any indication, we have great things in store from them.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe will be out in US theaters and on VOD December 20, 2016. A perfect little Christmas treat!


Director: André Øvredal
Writer: Ian B. Goldberg, Richard Naing
Cast: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond, Olwen Catherine Kelly


Father and son coroners receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young “Jane Doe,” they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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