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Or so we read on the box of this DVD. Of Italian origin and first released in 1973 as "Macchie Solari", Autopsy has not aged well as a horror movie. Interestingly, I believe the original title referred to suns spots, which are a recurring theme in the movie.
Autopsy starts brilliantly depicting a number of suicides that invariably end up in the autopsy room, where we meet the protagonist played by Mimsy Farmer. Mimsy is studying forensic medicine and writing a thesis on how to distinguish between real and fake suicides. Something happens and Mimsy begins to see the cadavers moving around.
After this promising opening, the movie strays away from the moving cadavers and turns into a murder mystery. A young woman that Mimsy briefly meets in her apartment is found dead in what appears to be a suicide. However, dead woman's brother (played by Barry Primus) is convinced that it was murder.
Eventually, Mimsy realizes that the dead woman's brother, who is also a priest, is correct. By then, other suicides/murders start occurring around her, and even she becomes the target of one attempt. Suddenly, she doesn't know if she can trust the priest, her father, her father's business associate, her boyfriend (who also is a target of a murder attempt) or even herself.
By now, this movie is no longer a horror film. Instead, it has become a classic who-dunnit film, with occasional sunspot flare- ups depicted a certain intervals. Surprisingly, the mystery is actually well-done. Agatha Christie couldn't have written a better murder mystery.
Why the movie was titled Autopsy in English is beyond me. Scully and Mulder (X-Files) spend more time in the morgue than do Mimsy and Barry.Read more ›
This is a well-made, suspenseful movie, with decent acting and a solid plot. The odd moments of violence are often under-played and intelligently put across. Ennio Morricone's score is as affecting as any of his other soundtracks and the direction is fairly strong.
All in all, an interesting thriller, which whilst in its time (made in 1973) could have caused controversy (the US Censors snipped 15 minutes for a theatrical release in 1975), is nothing more by today's standards, than an adult murder-mystery with some interesting special effects
Ignore the cover - ignore the title; this is not cheap exploitation trash, but a well-made Italian suspenser. As long as you don't mind the odd plot-jump and usual 'Italian to English' dubbing (is it me or are the same ten actor's voices used to dub EVERY film from Italian to English?), this is worthy of 2hrs of anyone's time.
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I'll have to watch this one again. I have watched so many DVDS, I Can't remember all of them.Published 5 months ago by G.W
So here we have an Italian film from 1975. 2 cautions right there that I overlooked. All I will say is that I watched 25 minutes of this and promptly switched it off. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Russell S
Ill keep this short. I'm a fan of italian horror and giallo's but this movie had me scratching my head. It had a poor plot, very confusing and left me a little unsatisfied. Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by italiangoreguy
Mimsy Farmer who always seemed to put in a good performance does a good
job here in autopsy. Without a actress of her skill this movie would be half the movie it is. Read more
O.K. First of all, what is up with the bad reviews for this movie? If you are into hilarious dialog, wigs, hilarious dialog about wigs, mannequins, gore, trippy visuals, incestuous... Read morePublished on November 30, 2008 by lisastansfieldisdope
It's a hot summer in Rome. Sun spots and solar eruptions are causing people to commit suicide, attempt rape, and have strange hallucinations. Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by J. B. Hoyos
Blue Underground continue their excellent restoration and re-issue of important Italian giallo films with Armando Crispino's 1975 effort "Autopsy" - just one of the six titles the... Read morePublished on July 18, 2007 by Shaun Anderson
Autopsy is an ugly and unpleasant giallo from 1975 that I really didn't enjoy. Starring Mimsy Farmer, it tells the story of a spate of deaths that appear to be suicides but may... Read morePublished on February 12, 2007 by A. Griffiths