Autopsy (2008)
By: Devon B. on December 3, 2010  | 
Icon | Region 4, PAL | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 5.1 | 84 minutes (Full Specs)
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Director: Adam Gierasch
Starring: Robert Patrick, Jessica Lowndes, Jenette Goldstein, Michael Bowen, Robert LaSardo
Screenplay: Adam Gierasch, Jace Anderson, E.L. Katz
Country: USA
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Director Adam Gierasch must have a thing for Terminator 2. He cast Edward Furlong in his remake of Night of the Demons and Autopsy has Mr T-1000 himself, Robert Patrick. I didn't see Linda Hamilton or the Governator listed in the cast for his newest film, Fertile Ground, but I'm sure that's not for lack of trying.

Autopsy is the debut feature from Geirasch, a man who has worked with genre giants Dario Argento and Tobe Hooper. Unfortunately he worked with them later in their careers, so there wasn't as much magic to rub off as if he'd been on the set of Deep Red. The slick advertises that Autopsy is from the producer of Final Destination, which is unquestionably a better selling point than the fact that it's from the writing team that brought us Hooper's Mortuary. Autopsy's script is a big step up from that film, but then a script written by a dyslexic monkey would be, too. The team of Gierasch and Jace Anderson actually scripted a lot of Hooper's films, and Autopsy is a return to form of sorts, more akin to their previous triumph Crocodile 2: Death Swamp than their previous drivel like Crocodile 1: Ass Swamp.

In Autopsy, some friends are on holiday and end up in a car crash in a remote area. While crashing, they manage to run someone over without noticing it. The guy they've run over is an escaped patient from a local hospital, and when the ambos arrive they recommend the friends also come along to the hospital for any necessary medical treatment. Things at the hospital seem just a tad off, but that doesn't deter the friends from hanging around...

Autopsy uses its intro credits to set up most of the background info the viewer gets, so it doesn't waste time to get going, but then immediately falls into a dull pace as the friends sit around in the hospital. Things eventually pick up again, and the film has some nice blackly comedic touches, but I just wasn't that interested by the time things started up in the later half.

Acting levels vary, but no one's great or truly awful. There're a few style touches, but the direction is usually pretty flat – as I said, Gierash was hanging out with Argento learning tricks of the trade during Mother of Tears, not during Suspiria. He did learn some lighting tricks from Argento, but Autopsy isn't as deftly handled as Argento's pre-Trauma films, so the film lacks the haunting dream-like quality of Argento's classics.

A plus is that the gore is not CG, and is pretty well done. It's not hugely imaginative grue, but there's a bit of the red stuff flowing if that's all you need from a film. One of the main gore set pieces is a recreation of a memorable scene from Irreversible (no, not the one under the street) which highlights the lack of splatter creativity.

I can't see Autopsy changing anyone's mind that Gierasch deserves to break out of direct to video fare, but is an okay low budget horror outing.
It's a new film, so the print is sharp, clean and clear.
The 5.1 and the DTS are well mixed and the surround gives the hospital some extra atmosphere, but it's a movie about a doctor's deviant doings, so it's not like there's lots of big bangs or giant monsters shooting fire. In fact there's none of the latter, which is a shame.
Extra Features
The trailers for The Killing Machine and Triangle play on start up.
The Verdict
Could be better, could be worse, but couldn't be any more mediocre.
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