The Autopsy of Jane Doe was a cool Netflix find. I was actually told about this movie through a Reddit page. Outside of that, I probably wouldn’t have thought to look into it. I’m happy I did.
It’s a tale as old as time. Family morgue gets in weird body and shit hits the fan! The End.
I’m guessing you want more information than that! Okay, so the Tilden family runs a morgue and crematorium. Being someone who watches a lot of murder shows, this was incredibly fascinating to me. Seeing the father and son duo exploring the dead bodies to solve the mystery of its death was awesome.
The father, Tommy (Brian Cox) seems more into the business, which makes sense because this is something he plans on doing for the rest of his life. His son Austin (Emile Hirsch) on the other hand seems to have made plans to leave town with his girlfriend. Unfortunately, he hasn’t told his father about this part of his life.
After a horrible incident in the town where multiple people were found dead, the police decide to bring one of the bodies to the Tilden morgue.
Soon after the body shows up at the morgue, Tommy and Austin get to work on solving the mystery of her death. However, they start to notice some weird things about her. She bleeds a lot when they cut into her, her wrist and ankles are fractured without any bruising, and they even find burns and scars on the inside of her body. With the amount of damage this body has, she should look terribly beat up, but she doesn’t. She is beautiful. No outward bruises, scars, burns, or a hair out of place.
Tommy has seen a lot of twisted things but this leaves him pretty confused. But it’s not just the body that is weird, soon things around the morgue start acting weird too. The lights begin to flicker, their music changes, a massive storm kicks up, and they start to hear and see things that can’t possibly be real.
It doesn’t take Austin long to make the connection between the weird happenings and the body. Soon after they realize that the storm has trapped them inside. With nowhere to go, Tommy and Austin must fight to survive the darkness that came in with the beautiful corpse.
First thing that needs to be said; STOP PUTTING ANIMALS IN HORROR MOVIES! Honestly, when I see an animal, an old person, or a child in a horror movie, I’m not dumb. I know that they will die. Most likely we won’t see it happen but we all know they will die because they are considered the dead weight of the movie. If horror movie makers really want to throw us off, they should create a movie about an old person, their grandchild, and the family dog out living a group of young people. I’d watch that.
One other complaint about this movie is the flashlight. I get it, in horror movies the scariest part is when the lights go out and then your flashlight flickers and dies. It’s horrible. But let’s get real here, Austin’s cellphone flashlight isn’t going to flicker. It’d be different if he grabbed an old flashlight from a drawer, but no he was using his cellphone.
The corpse in The Autopsy of Jane Doe made me think of a real life beautiful corpse, Evelyn McHale. In 1947, Evelyn McHale’s death was deemed The Most Beautiful Suicide. You might assume Evelyn is just napping if you didn’t know that she just jumped 86 floors to her death. The photo below was taken by Robert Wiles only minutes after Evelyn landed on a car.
The Autopsy of Jane Doe did an awesome job grabbing my attention right from the start. I think those whose interests lean a bit more to the realistic darker side, like myself, will really enjoy this movie. It kept me guessing, but I have to say that I was able to guess it right away. But the twists and turns this movie takes is really impressive.
I was on the fence about this one, but I’m going to say yes. There are so many moments when you can relate to the characters involved. Granted, the chances that we will be in our family morgue examining a weird body is slim, but Tommy and Austin seem real. It feels like this could happen to anyone who just ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Definitely check this one out on Netflix and let me know what you think.