Review: The Autopsy of Jane Doe, 2016, dir. André Øvredal

I like seeing directors take pains not to pigeonhole themselves. Take André Øvredal, the Swedish filmmaker who shot Trollhunter back in 2010. You’d half expect him to make another movie in that vein, blackly funny and tons of fun. (You’d also hope he would make that movie, or any movie, sooner than six years after Trollhunter became a thing, but you can’t rush excellence.) Flash forward six years and his next major project is The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which doesn’t at all feel like the product of the guy who made a movie about bureaucratic troll population control. It’s different. It’s also great, one of the best horror films you’ll see all year, and so I went long praising its virtues for Paste Magazine, to nobody’s surprise whatsoever.


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