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The Autopsy of Jane Doe

  • 2016
  • R
  • 99min
  • 87%
  • 6.8 / 10

A family has been murdered, but even odder is an unidentified woman’s body that was found in their basement. The woman’s body is completely intact and has been very well preserved. Police cannot seem to find a reason why her body is in the Douglas basement, or even how it was that she came to be killed. Sheriff Sheldon asks for help from Tommy Tilden, the coroner and his son Austin. The father and son uncover many secrets, not only about Jane Doe but several others who would never have thought to be involved in such a situation. Tommy Tilden and his son must figure out the puzzles, and escape the secrets to figure out who Jane Doe is, and why she was so brutally murdered. The puzzle throws twists and turns that is sure to captivate the audience and keep them on the edge of their seats until the very end of the movie.

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The custom of using the placeholder for an unidentified individual as John Doe or Jane Doe originated from a long-gone British legal process known as an action of ejectment. Landowners used this in order to do away with illegal squatters on their property. They would post up fictitious parties in legal actions against each other. Most of the time, they would name them John Doe and Richard Roe. No specific reason has been identified as to why they chose these names, perhaps they were commonplace during the time. As for the surnames, Doe and Roe, they are in reference to deer.


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The Autopsy of Jane Doe is director André Øvredal’s first English language film. The supernatural horror film stars Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox, a father-and-son duo who start to experience supernatural phenomena all while examining the body of a mysterious woman, a Jane Doe, played by Olwen Kelly. The film first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2016, and was subsequently released in theaters on December 21.