After Dark Horrofest III: Autopsy [DVD]
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This is not to suggest AUTOPSY is the best film of the festival, but it is perhaps the most wildly entertaining. The threadbare story is of five college kids in Louisiana who end up in a car crash. Next thing you know, they are being whisked away to a nearby hospital, sharing an ambulance with a man they ran over, who they are told had left the hospital prior to an operation.
It becomes clear as soon as they arrive that this is not General Hospital! The nurse methodically separates each kid from the others, until only our leading lady, Emily, is left wondering the deserted halls looking for her friends. Soon enough she will be fleeing the resident "mad doctor," who apparently is harvesting organs to keep his dying wife alive.
Now, fear not - I am not revealing plot twists or surprises here, because this is not a movie about story and mystery - it's a simple plot upon which to hang some truly gruesome scenes. If you enjoy gore, you'll find plenty to love about this film - hacked-off limbs, drills to the head, faces pummeled to bloody pulp, intestines spilling all over other people (literally), and a truly bizarre live-operation that has to be seen to be believed!
Fortunately, the filmmakers realize what they are making here, and never for a moment try to make a serious attempt at realism. While the movie isn't silly, like the EVIL DEAD franchise, it does keeps a funhouse tone all throughout.Read more ›
I love hospitals as a setting for horror movies. I originally fell for the sub-genre when I discovered Mayasuki Ochiai's Infection, a sublime masterpiece of its kind.
This one had me when I heard the name Dr Benway. It is of course, a reference to William S Burroughs' famous character of that name, a character who's been riffed on by the Firesign Theater and many others. Bless Burroughs' for creating a horror archetype right up there next to Cthulhu. But I digress. Robert Patrick plays Benway with a fine neutrality. Straight laced fellow, probably a competent physician at one time who happens to have GONE MAD TRYING TO KEEP HIS AILING MOTHER FROM DYING AND WHO IS PERFORMING HIDEOUS EXPERIMENTS ON PEOPLE INCLUDING RIPPING THEIR HEARTS OUT AND LINKING THEM TOGETHER WHILE THEY'RE STILL BEATING!!!! Oh yes, this one's good.
Autopsy wisely doesn't even bother with character development. A gaggle of foolish friends are returning home from Mardi Gras when they hit somebody with their car. An ambulance arrives, the dazed victim is carted off, and our protagonists are whisked into creepy Mercy Hospital. Considering the circumstances, it's understandable that they didn't ask the EMTs for identification.
They should have, because two of the EMTs are actually ex-convicts (Michael Bowen as Travis and Robert LaSardo as heavily-tattooed Scott, the less insane of the two). A Nurse Ratched-style matron guards the front door (Jenette Goldstein, our very own Private Vasquez from Aliens). Goldstein, who also was John Connor's adopted mom in Terminator 2, teams up again with Robert Patrick as Doctor David Benway. They are on a mission to prolong the life of Benway's bedridden wife, using science. What kind of science? MAD science of course!
What makes Autopsy so effective is its gleeful embrace of every disturbing hospital phobia: fear of infection, the needles, anesthesia not working, spinal taps, stitches popping, blood spilling, doctors with a cold bedside manner, pushy nurses, being anesthetized against your will, unnecessary tests, and not to mention all the healthcare costs! Okay, that last one I made up but you get the idea - anyone watching Autopsy who is afraid of hospitals will be in a fetal position by the end of this film.Read more ›
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We enjoyed this movie. For the genre, which is a bit cheesy to begin with, it was good fun. One scene was a bit more gruesome than my taste, but overall good fun for "bad"... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa
I saw this movie a few years ago and it's definitely worth watching. Not really scary. It's more funny than anything.Published 4 months ago by Kylie
Autopsy is a GORY crowning achievement for After Dark Horrorfest. Even though it has 90210's Jessica Lowndes, this film will deliver you serious goosebumps ever minute of it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jamie Moore
Violent, gruesome classic horror film. If you like guts and gore this is the film for you. Great sets, lighting, and acting, and very very disturbing. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Robert B
Meat n taters, taters n meat, this crazy film is not that neat, and is truly not a treat, like would be ya smelling my feet, while ya moved to the beat, of the drum sound made by... Read morePublished on June 10, 2014 by Movie 2'sday
This movie is on the okay side. It ain't good and it don't suck. I have seen better, but it's good to watch on a boring day.Published on April 23, 2014 by SomeoneWife
My #1 favorite After Dark Horrorfest III movie ever!!!! I love this movies so dame much one of my favorite movies ever with my doll Jessica LowndesPublished on November 17, 2013 by Barbara Garabedian