Interview: Director André Øvredal on performing The Autopsy Of Jane Doe

Norwegian director André Øvredal’s new film, The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, couldn’t be more different from his international breakout hit, 2010’s Trollhunter. Where Trollhunter was a loosely shot found-footage fantasy, Jane Doe is a tightly controlled, stylized horror film where every element is meticulously calibrated to induce maximum terror in its audience. Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch star as a father-son coroner team who stay late one night in their family’s morgue to perform an autopsy on an unidentified woman they assume has been murdered. That may sound like the setup to some stomach-churning gore movie, but Jane Doe is far more clever than that. Instead, as the men perform the autopsy, Jane Doe’s body begins telling a terrifying story of who she was—and who she may still be.

The A.V. Club spoke with Øvredal the day after The Autopsy Of Jane Doe …

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