In a grim opening scene, Rome is overcome by a series of suicides. Trapped in the middle of all of the confusion is a young autopsy doctor who happens to be writing her thesis on determining authentic suicides from staged ones, and who has also found a series of clues on the bodies of the deceased that suggest the recent rash of deaths may have been linked to a single murder suspect. AUTOPSY is a beautifully shot and stylish Giallo modeled after the early works of Dario Argento, minus the traditional black-gloved killer. Director Armando Crispino sets up and effectively carries out a series of murder suspects that maintains the mystery and suspense from beginning to end. As is the case with many films of its kind, however, the convoluted plotting and dubious clues can be extremely confusion, and the final reveal has little to do with any of the events that were laid out earlier. Outside of a disturbing nightmare sequence in the morgue where the bloodied corpses begin to awaken and smile mockingly at Simona, AUTOPSY is a rather tame Giallo entry with very little action or gore.
If you liked AUTOPSY, check out:
TENEBRAE, VISITING HOURS, WATCH ME WHEN I KILL.