The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
January 6, 2019 11:16 AM - Subscribe

A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.
posted by larrybob (9 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Saw on Netflix last night. Found it very creepy, at times to the point of covering my eyes. Surprised it’s not better known, consider the hype that some other recent horror and suspense films have received that aren’t as good. This one has great acting, script, cinematography, and effects.

Yes, a real woman, Olwyn Kenny, plays the corpse.
posted by larrybob at 11:21 AM on January 6


We saw this in the theater and had a great discussion afterwards about the idea of consent. How every inch of her body was mutilated in some way without her permission, and how she turned it back on her attackers every time.

And how the idea of women getting justice for patriarchal violations will always be the scariest plot imaginable for some viewers. That it was a nice touch seeing the multigenerational patriarchal representation in a father/son duo working in the mortuary together, and how they reacted differently once both understood what made this corpse so different.

Finally, the idea that some patriarchal values (especially around dead nude young women) are so deeply ingrained in us, it's truly shocking when their influence on us becomes obvious. I dunno, that's some Deep ThoughtsTM about the movie and all, but it was scary as shit too. The lighting and editing made my shoulders tense up like I was about to teleport right into the film and die screaming.

Loved it!
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 2:49 PM on January 6 [6 favorites]


Unicorn on the cob, if you haven’t already, the Faculty of Horror podcast did a great episode on this film (and Witch): http://www.facultyofhorror.com/tag/the-autopsy-of-jane-doe/

They get into similar themes of conversation.

I like the core father/son relationship (Cox is always a pleasure to watch) and agree that this was criminally overlooked, though it was much loved by people into horror in the year it came out.
posted by slimepuppy at 3:00 PM on January 6 [3 favorites]


I was going to watch this, but a review talked about a cat getting killed, which is something that I’m not sure I want to see...
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:11 PM on January 6


Yep, after the cat scene, my husband said “all the cat people just turned it off.”

Thanks so much for the analysis, Unicorn on the cob!
posted by larrybob at 8:45 AM on January 7 [1 favorite]


Thanks, which is a pity, since this sounds very much like my jam, but I just can’t.
posted by GenjiandProust at 4:39 PM on January 7


This is easily my favorite horror movie of that year, and I try and recommend it to everyone who will listen. It's so tense!
posted by graventy at 9:47 AM on January 8


Watched this last night and it was indeed very tense, with lots of good scares.

I also appreciated how thoughtful it was, including the coroners discussing why the dead woman didn't just kill them outright.
posted by mordax at 10:15 AM on January 8


Loved this movie, quite unique when it comes to horror, I need to see it again, would heartily recommend.

Not to get spoilery, but in retrospect it made a kind of sense that Emile Hirsch stars.
posted by ejs at 12:32 AM on January 9


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