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.
|Release Date||:||December 21, 2016|
|Production Company||:||IM Global, Impostor Pictures, 42|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Sheila McNaught, André Øvredal|
|Writers||:||Ian B. Goldberg, Richard Naing|
|Casts||:||Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond, Olwen Catherine Kelly, Michael McElhatton, Parker Sawyers, Jane Perry|
|Plot Keywords||:||female nudity, father son relationship, crematorium, nudity, autopsy, supernatural, murder, morgue, corpse, thunderstorm, coroner, axe murder, autopsy room, supernatural horror, elevator, axe, severed tongue|
And a simply wonderful throwback to the 1970s when horror was, well, horror -- and not based on gimmicks like "found footage" but rather genuine scene-setting, story building, audience engagement, and full-tilt creepiness.
Probably destined to become a classic.
Brian Cox is this generation's Donald Pleasence, that is to say, a character actor who could not give a bad performance if he tried yet is destined to never actually stand out in any single production because that is his style.
Director André Øvredal is one of those rare finds -- an auteur with (so far) a small body of work who is producing better and better films. This suggests that over time he will probably give us bigger and better treats to come.
And while Ophelia Lovibond does not get a lot of screen time, the exposure she does have will only add to her fan base. An American accent so natural you would think she was trained by Hugh Laurie and a performance so sweet you might not even recognize her (unless you looked twice) as the very same actress that underpinned an entire season of Elementary.
Recommended? This is a must-see!