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Episode 179, The Autopsy of Jane Doe l The HorrorBull Podcast

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Synopsis:

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.

Cast:

  • Emile Hirsch
  • Brian Cox
  • Ophelia Lovibond
  • Michael McElhatton
  • Olwen Catherine Kelly

Director:

Tagline: Every body has a secret.

This week’s episode is brought to you by The Autopsy of Jane Doe.  Presumably, you think we’d discuss the movie and whether or not it is of a high quality — it is — but instead, we spent mot of it talking about how we think we have cancer.

That’s not to say it isn’t a great discussion. Lona doesn’t have cancer and Tyler doesn’t have cancer, but seeing someone perform an autopsy makes us think A LOT about mortality, so naturally the topic came up. You can’t stare at an autopsy in basically real-time and not bring your own organic husk gliding toward decay into the mix.

Oh, and speaking of horror and autopsies, Bryan jumped in with some real-life TALES FROM NECROPSY this week. It’s a gross, disgusting, and ultimately fascinating discussion of what happens behind the scenes at an animal mortuary.

We also managed to discuss Jack the Ripper, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, 1888 Whitechapel, and the excellent Bob Clark film, Murder by Decree, all of which have something to do with Springheel Jack.

In all seriousness, though, we dug The Autopsy of Jane Doe. The movie approaches the technical aspects of performing an autopsy with fidelity and verisimilitude. Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch have great on-screen chemistry as they attempt to discover the Jane Doe’s cause of death. We get a scene featuring a severed tongue, some footage of the subject being split open, and then some spooky shit happens.

Truth is, this movie is better when it is creating atmosphere than when it is attempting to be an out and out horror movie. STILL, it’s a ride worth taking, so we highly recommend The Autopsy of Jane Doe.

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