The Autopsy of Jane Doe

I was excited to watch the Autopsy of Jane Doe because I saw it on Facebook a couple of weeks before it was shown in class. I did not know exactly what to expect when I was watching the trailer, but I felt it was going to be exciting. When we watched it in class, the movie had a very long build up. It took until after the movie when I started to get hints that she was a witch (maybe I’m just dense). Having that said, all the clues, internal hemorrhages, stomach items, and more kept the suspense going because every clue did not match, but in my head I was still trying to piece them all together.  This made the movie exciting to watch. Also, Jane Doe was very beautiful, which should have given me the idea that she was supernatural. Some witches are portrayed with boils and acne, but some are also portrayed as enticing so that they can lure people in their caves.

One line from the movie that aroused my interest was when the father said, “what if we created the very thing we were trying to destroy?” This made all the difference to me. This can be seen everywhere in society. Perhaps not in a way where supernatural powers manifest, but with things we try to hold back or restrain. For example, a really strict parent controlling the moves of the daughter. There are cases where the daughter rebels in an extreme way. According to research from my friends (heavy emphasis on friends), there are several porn stars whose fathers are pastors. This may not be rebelling per se, but her profession certainly is not what you’d expect form a religious background. Then you have times where prisoners from America are so heavily guarded that instead of changing their mindsets, they devise more cunning ways of escape and perhaps seek revenge on the authority. The Autopsy of Jane Doe shows how we are all capable of being Dr. Frankenstein. Some intentions may be good when we use restrictions on certain things, but the movie tells what can happen if we hold something back too much.

There’s also an aspect in the Autopsy of Jane doe about an eye for an eye. The father was last to admit about Jane Doe’s powers, but he was the one who was willing to sacrifice in the end. In this part of the story, the family is put in an unfortunate situation because as the father mentioned, “we were just in her way.”

The father showed a change of character in the story. He only realized what he needed to do after he has killed the girlfriend of his son. When he told the story of his wife when he and his son were in the elevator, he said that he never saw the pain his wife was experiencing. He was so caught up in her bright personality (that’s why he called her Ray for sunshine) that he never really got to know her struggles. He saw the same thing in Jane Doe.  He said his apologies to her, tried to genuinely understand her and situation, and then was finally ready to sacrifice. In a way, it was like he was talking to his wife; apologized that he was not able to take care of her properly. Also, Jane Doe was beautiful on the outside (no scratches and all), but was massacred on the inside – showing a similarity with the wife of the father.

The setting of The Autopsy of Jane Doe also showed a horror aspect in the movie. It was not merely the music or the lighting, but the fact that the family was a family that conducts autopsies. It was their “family business.” When the girlfriend came to their clinic, she was shown the place where the dead bodies were placed. You could see the shock in her eyes, but for the family it was merely business. This put certain weirdness to the movie because someone working in a morgue is quite unusual, but for them it’s three whole generations. Also, the clinic they worked in has been the same place the other generations have worked in. I cannot imagine how many bodies have already passed there. The father also makes a comment about not finding out the why of the death, but merely just the how. In this way, there is numbness in his character. This is perhaps in line with his being dense with his wife.


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