Do You Want to Know?

I had to go cross eyed for “The Autopsy of Jane Doe”. I was scared. Or at least, I didn’t want my expectations to be met. I could tell what was going to happen and so I was a lot more scared than I should have. I think it was kind of what the characters felt. They kind of knew something bad was gonna happen, they couldn’t believe that it was going to happen. They didn’t want it to happen, but it did happen. Like the main characters I wanted to know more about Jane Doe. This curiosity lead to unfavorable results.

Aside from the feeling of wanting to know, the characters were also isolated from the world and forced to delve deeper into the story behind Jane Doe. It was like descending down a Cavern where suddenly your harness snaps once you get to the bottom. This search of knowledge traps you in a state of doom where you can no longer get back out.

How I would describe this movie is like how a normal horror character would act. You hear a mysterious sound. You draw closer to it to find out what it is. You know it’s nothing good, but you go and check it out anyway. Or perhaps, it is like in detective films where the deeper you go, the harder it is to escape that corrupt criminal underworld. Or perhaps, the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Once you eat of the fruit, you gain knowledge but with a great price.

The last movie, “Triangle”, I had a lot of expectations that weren’t met, however, for this one, they were met, and I’d rather not. It scared the living hell out of me. The movie starts of like one of those crime and investigation shows. You have a mystery, a body, and so you perform and autopsy. I originally thought and expected this to be quite rational. I thought the horror was the dissection of Jane Doe’s body. I was greatly wrong. Once, again there was the uneasiness of unmet expectations.

Once, I understood that this was supernatural, it delivered everything I was expecting. When one looks, one often sees something they wish they didn’t. Like finding out your girlfriend cheated on you, or there is a dirtier side to things which paints the world you know a different light.

Jane Doe went from body horror (the effects were good, it looked so real) to something like 13 ghosts. The scariest part of the movie is the fact of how realistic it started out. It seemed like this couldn’t happen. What if in the world you live in, you find out that these things you only witness in movies are real. An equivalent I could think of is finding a body of a dead Manananggal outside your house. There are things out there we don’t know about.

Now, you find out that there’s something far more sinister going on here and you want to get out. As an audience, I realized that it would be impossible. Their office is situated in a basement, and it would be difficult to get away from something in a basement. I’ve seen this kind of thing play out a lot and every time it does all I can say is “Why the hell did I not leave earlier?”

With this said, Jane Doe can also be viewed using John Clute’s four moves. There was a sighting, the thickening of the world found, the revel, and the last the aftershock. The search for the forbidden knowledge has not helped the characters in this movie at all. They may have learned all they could about Jane Doe and even a “solution” or so they thought. Either way it was too late. Once things had calmed down, it was clear to the last surviving character that these things were real. But like I said, since he is deep within the cavern in which he crawled into, he can no longer crawl out even if he can see the light.

Rationality and Logic, thrown out the window. There is nothing scarier than having what you know be proven wrong, only to find out that there is more out there we don’t know about that. Even more so, when what is unknown is right beside you. I can compare the feeling this movie gives me to that of when I swim in the ocean. I fear the deep because I know not what lies beneath me, and I want to know, but the more I know the more I would want to stay away from the water.


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