Autopsy – USA, 2008

‘Evil cuts both ways.’

Autopsy is a 2008 American horror feature film directed by Adam Gierasch (Tales of Halloween segment; Fractured; Night of the Demons; plus many horror screenplays). The movie stars Jessica Lowndes, Ross Cohn, Ross McCall, Ashley Schneider and Robert Patrick.

Five friends enjoy Mardi Gras in New Orleans. While driving home on the State Route 53, Louisiana, Emily has a car accident. Her boyfriend Bobby and their friends Clare, Dmitriy and Jude are horrified to discover that she had hit a stranger.

When they see an ambulance on the road, they ask for help and the attendants take them to Mercy Hospital. Stern nurse Marian tells Bobby to go to the exam room. When Emily tries to get information about her boyfriend, she meets Dr. David Benway who tells her the Bobby is all right. However, Emily soon unravels a dark secret about Dr. Benway and his team…

Reviews:

“Director Adam Gierasch shows some talent with a few sick set pieces and bursts of aggression, but some comatose performances, predictable jumps and a slightly aimless final third keep this in stable condition.” Cameron McGaughey, DVD Talk

” …once Autopsy gets moving with its strange sense of humor and its admirable devotion to old-fashioned, over-the-top, Fango-friendly gore-gasms…” Scott Weinberg, FEARnet

“Choice scenes, such as of the teens tussling with a recently sutured patient, will make you giggle and retch in equal measure while others will startle you out of your skin. It is this mixture of shock tactics, tension, gore and comedy that really make this film stand out from the pack. Not many film makers can skate the thin line between horror and comedy so adeptly, but Gierasch nails the tone perfectly.” Gorepress

“The gore factor is an absolute blast. There’s a slew of entertaining death scenes which, admittedly borrow from such previous works as Turistas, Friday the 13th and even Dawn of the Dead – but there’s some creativity sprinkled in here and there (there’s something strangely entertaining about severed limbs and hand sanders) that really helps to give Autopsy it’s own identity.” Matt Molgaard, Horror Asylum

” …when you have good acting in a horror movie, that always makes for a great time. Everything else, especially emotion, instantly becomes more credible. The blood and gore is rather plentiful and one of the scenes towards the end is quite memorable. One of those that would make the perfect backdrop to any horror diorama.” Angel Van Croft, Horror News

Autopsy is a poor man’s cousin of flicks like Hostel, where things just aren’t quite they seem and victims get compartmentalized in some divide and conquer strategy. In most cases, you’re going to laugh at the scenes for being implausible, or clumsily executed, so while I won’t recommend this film as a horror flick, I definitely would do so as a comedy of errors…” (A Nutshell) Review

” …a return to when horror was fun and not simply a vehicle to hit people around the head with loud music and poorly thought out developments. The movie didn’t take itself seriously and delivered just what I needed, a damn fine horror flick not afraid to go over the top. The fate of one of the characters in this one is simply brutal and shocking…” Scary Minds

Cast and characters:

  • Jessica Lowndes as Emily – AbattoirThe Devil’s Carnival; Altitude; The Haunting of Molly Hartley
  • Ross Kohn as Bobby – Re-Cut; Medium
  • Ross McCall as Jude
  • Ashley Schneider as Clare
  • Arcadiy Golubovich as Dimitrly
  • Robert LaSardo as Scott – Cynthia; Bleach; Sky SharksLake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake
  • Michael Bowen as Travis – House by the LakeAll Cheerleaders DieSlumber Party SlaughterCabin Fever 2: Spring Fever; The Last House on the Left 2009; Night of the Comet; Forbidden World; et al
  • Jenette Goldstein as Nurse Marian – Lost After DarkTerminator 2; Aliens
  • Robert Patrick as Dr. Benway – Hellions; The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond; The Terminator
  • Elijah Hardy as Gregory
  • Tatyana Kanavka as Gretchen
  • Eric Adams as Officer Jacobs
  • Janine Venable as Lisette

Filming locations:

Louisiana, USA

Release:

Autopsy premiered in London on August 24, 2008, at the FrightFest Film Festival and was selected as one of After Dark Horrorfest’s “Eight Films to Die For”.

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