This film is the first English-language horror movie of director André Øvredal. The story is about a father-and-son experience as coroners with encounters to supernatural phenomena during their examination with the body of the nameless woman Olwen Kelly.
The Cast Lists:
Brian Cox played as Tommy Tilden
Emile Hirsch played as Austin Tilden
Ophelia Lovibond played as Emma
Olwen Catherine Kelly played as Jane Doe
Parker Sawyers played as Officer Cole
Michael McElhatton played as the Sheriff Sheldon Burke
The Story Line:
There is an unidentified dead body of a woman that was located half-buried in the underground of a house wherein a bizarre and bloody homicide had happened. One from the policemen concluded that there were no marks of enforced entry and the dead seemed to be attempting to escape from the house instead. The small-town coroner or investigator Tommy Tilden together with the assistance from his son Austin has ended the autopsy of the burned corpse, then, suddenly Emma, Austin’s girlfriend, came and became curious about the dead bodies at the morgue.
When she saw the tied bell at the ankle of the dead body, Tommy explained to her that, formerly, the bells were applied to give a signal if somebody was just in a comatose condition instead of them really dead. The police arrived with the strange body and told Tommy that he needed the COD or cause of death report the next morning. Austin decided to assist his father instead of going out with Emma going to the theater, but he still asked her to come back after hours. Since the body’s identification is still unknown and the fingerprints were not on the records of the police, they refer the dead as Jane Doe. Tommy and Austin began with the autopsy through the external inspection of the corpse. They noticed that there were no visible signs of scars or marks and trauma. They found out that her eyes were cloudy, and this only happens when the bodies were already dead for a couple of days, but still the corpse appears fresh. Her ankle bones and wrist were shattered having no outward signs of injury and the tongue has been removed non-surgically.
The Writers’ View:
The film was a lighthearted movie. It is a father and a son mortician type of movie. The director wonderfully succeeded in the initial creation of a comfortable environment, together with the little casting of characters and the setting of scenarios, and then masterfully began upping the discomfort heights of the situation, until the moment came that you are finally sitting on the boundary of your seat, and biting your nails at the same time. Like in the former movies of Øvredal’s, which describe as what you can’t see may be a million periods more disturbing than what is seen with our plain sight, but here he applied it both; the great atmosphere, great characters, and an overall impressive experience.