“The Autopsy of Jane Doe” is part of why I love about IFC Midnight. These releases are allowing cerebral horror to get a venue on home video. I saw TV spots and even a trailer for the film in my market. The kicker was that it got maybe a week on the Arthouse circuit and then it was gone. I thought I lived in an age where that frustration was minimized. So, why was a film about a corpse so interesting?

Well, it’s about the procedure and ability to dive into a mystery. Coroners as detectives have been done before. But, working the family angle and then punching up the action with some key gore use produces a wonderful film. Resolving the murder is nowhere near as fascinating as watching Cox and Hirsh work out their problems. When did I become such a dialogue nerd? The ending twist is telegraphed for a bit. Still, it seems to ride on a wave of contemporary horror started in 2016. I would name the specific choice, but that would be a spoiler.

Still, it’s an interesting twist on that mythos and it helps the film to stick a complicated landing.


  • Nothing


  • 2.40:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track

RELEASE DATE: 5/2/17 (WAL-MART exclusive until June 27th)

  • 95%
    Video - 95%
  • 94%
    Audio - 94%
  • 94%
    Film Score - 94%

The Plot Thus Far

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.

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