The Autopsy of Jane Doe

  • Director André Øvredal
  • Cast

    Emile Hirsch
    Brian Cox
    Olwen Kelly

  • Country USA
  • Language English
  • Running time 99mins
  • Year 2016
  • Age rating 18

Experienced coroner Tommy Tilden and his grown-up son Austin run a family-owned morgue and crematorium in Virginia. When the local Sheriff brings in an emergency case – an unknown female corpse nicknamed ‘Jane Doe’, found in the basement of a home where a multiple homicide took place – it seems like just another open-and-shut case. But as the autopsy proceeds, these seasoned professionals are left reeling as each layer of their inspection brings frightening new revelations. Perfectly preserved on the outside, Jane Doe’s insides have been scarred, charred and dismembered – seemingly the victim of an horrific yet mysterious ritualistic torture. As Tommy and Austin begin to piece together these gruesome discoveries, an unnatural force takes hold of the crematorium. While a violent storm rages above ground, it seems the real horrors lie on the inside…

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is worlds apart from André Øvredal's previous feature, 2010's huge horror hit, Troll Hunter, and also marks Øvredal's first English-language film. A slow-burning and intense thriller from start to end, the central pairing of Cox and Hirsch carry the film, but Olwen Kelly leaves an impression in what must be an extremely difficult role to play: the corpse of Jane Doe.