10 items from 2016
She won’t be receiving any awards attention for her role as an unidentified corpse in “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” but Olwen Catherine Kelly’s performance — in which she lies naked and motionless on a metal slab for 99 minutes — is a profoundly morbid testament to the notion that less is more. At first seeming more like a marvelously effective prop than she does an actual character, Kelly’s frigid corpse soon thaws into a gruesome display of the Kuleshov effect, her blank stare growing a touch more evil every time “Trollhunter” director André Øvredal cuts back to it.
The dark heart of a horror movie that begins as an atmospheric mystery before flatlining into something much schlockier, Kelly doesn’t have to move a muscle in order to command your full attention. No matter how far “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” slides off the rails, she lies there stiff as a board, »
- David Ehrlich
Garnering a sense of understanding of a parent or child’s views on personal relationships and work, particularly the ability to find a stable balance between the two areas, can be a challenging process for many people. That’s certainly the case between Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox’s relatable protagonists in the new horror film, ‘The Autopsy of Jane Doe.’ The movie, which was written by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, compelling chronicles the relatable tension that has built up between the lead actors’ characters as they manage their family business. But when they’re unsuspectingly drawn into a terrifying situation while at work, they’re forced to put their differences aside and learn [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
When horror buffs debate their favorite morgue scenes, most probably gravitate towards Re-Animator and Stuart Gordon’s undead monster mash. Others might cite I Am Not A Serial Killer‘s deeper dive into the lives of coroners – less focused on raising hell and more intent on weaving psychodramatic backstories – but The Autopsy Of Jane Doe makes its own case for notoriety by blending both aspects with sinister haunted house appeal. From the very first incision, an evil in unleashed that breathes life into a dead profession. One that’s simple and respectful in its investigative-monster-hunt intentions, but restrained as director André Øvredal cheekily nods to now-classic life-after-death films.
Emile Hirsch stars as Austin Tilden, son of widowed small-town coroner, Tommy Tilden (Brian Cox). As corpses come in, Austin and his father cut through flesh to reveal the mysterious causes of death that tell a victim’s story – but nothing can »
- Matt Donato
To experience a genre film festival is to see the life and dreams of unique as well as deeply creative souls unveil like flower opening on a warm day. Each film and filmmaker are like fingerprints leaving their own mark on the viewer, peer and that segment of time forever. To create a piece of art whether visual, audio or capturing a moment or feeling is a gift that I was lucky enough along with what seemed liked thousands at this year’s Fantastic Fest. Making the pilgrimage down to this incredible event that is never long enough, my peers, friends and the dysfunctional family worship at the Alamo Drafthouse venturing into the dark and letting the light, sounds and sensations guide us to through a world that we experience maybe only once in our life. This year’s lineup hosted by Tim League, crew, filmmakers and company in Austin »
- Jay Kay
In his English-language debut, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, Norwegian director André Øvredal takes a more conventional, straightforward approach to storytelling than he did with his 2010 breakthrough horror comedy, Trollhunter, and the results are downright riveting. Anchored by two strong performances from Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, The Autopsy of Jane Doe moves with a laser-focused sense of precision, with the mystery surrounding the titular corpse growing more intriguing the more that’s revealed about her state. With his latest directorial effort, Øvredal has proven himself to be an accomplished storyteller in two languages.
After a blood-soaked murder shocks a sleepy small town in Virginia, local police are baffled to find the corpse of an unknown woman buried inside the basement of the crime scene. With the police seeking answers for who this woman is and what happened to her, the corpse is dropped off at the local mortuary run »
- Heather Wixson
The bond between a father and son is key to the development of a man’s life. A father can be a teacher, friend, mentor, structure, a bastard and a compass. When the son decides to leave and find his own path, it brings pride, drama and a realistic tension that creates compelling storytelling. One of the weaving themes of this year’s Fantastic Fest film programming has been within the relationship dynamic of fathers and sons in a variety of dark, twisted and thrilling horror narratives. Films like the The Greasy Strangler, Miss Peregrins Home For The Peculiar and one of the best films of this festival, The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, all deal with such themes. Starring Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch, two of the most well respected and true assets to their craft, this profile of family drama, supernatural visual storytelling and growing isolation is laid out »
- Jay Kay
Making good on the promise of his very homegrown fantasy-action hit “Trollhunter,” Norwegian helmer Andre Ovredal’s first English-language feature is something quite different: a chamber horror piece in which a corpse’s stillness only grows more ominously unreliable as it’s dissected. “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” stars Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch as father-and-son morticians whose slab subject seems to exert considerable supernatural will on one stormy night, despite her apparently very dead state. A raucous crowd-pleaser at Tiff’s midnight premiere, this taut, yet often slyly funny scarefest should do well with genre fans. IFC and Raven Banner have picked up distribution rights for the U.S. and Canada, respectively.
Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing’s nicely honed screenplay opens with police investigating a bloody crime scene: Four ordinary residents have been found slaughtered in their small-town Virginia home. All signs indicate that they were trying »
- Dennis Harvey
Ian B. Goldberg and Richard Naing wrote the screenplay Fred Berger, Eric Garcia, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken of 42 produced and Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford is executive producer with Matt Jackson and Steven Squillante.
Raven Banner will release the film day-and-date with IFC Films.
Raven Banner will release Tiff selections The Happiest Day In The Life of Olli Maki, Mimosas, and Hello Destroyer under its specialty Northern Banner Label. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
“Autopsy of Jane Doe” marked Hirsch’s first acting job after being charged with assault for getting into an altercation with a Paramount exec during last year’s Sundance Film Festival. He pleaded guilty in August to misdemeanor assault, and was sentenced to spend 15 days in jail, pay a $4,750 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.
Hirsch and Cox portray coroners — a father and son — who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. »
- Dave McNary
IFC Midnight has acquired U.S. rights to André Øvredal's The Autopsy of Jane Doe starring Emile Hirsch from Im Global. The film is about father-and-son coroners who 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. The film is Øvredal's English-language debut. Written by Ian B. Goldberg and Richard Naing, the… »
10 items from 2016
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