A terrible car wreck lands a group of friends in a remote Louisiana hospital, where they become the unwilling subjects of Dr. Benway's seedy experiments in AUTOPSY. Adam Gierasch assumes the role of director after co-writing a number of minor successes that include MORTUARY and the TOOLBOX MURDERS remake. Here, he makes the same mistake as Adam Green and Robert Hall had in HATCHET and LAID TO REST, putting the film's gory effects before the plot or characters. While it is true that AUTOPSY offers some gruesome scenes of gut-spilling, it seems hardly worth the wait while trudging through the underused sets and underwhelming performances from both Robert Patrick and Jenette Goldstein as the two sadistic villains. Jessica Lowndes stands out in the lead, but the rest of the teens play to type and do nothing to draw upon the audience's sympathies as they are being sliced and diced. Unfortunately, little would improve in Gierasch's blood-soaked remake to NIGHT OF THE DEMONS the following year.
Movies like AUTOPSY:
HATCHET, LAID TO REST, ASYLUM, DEATH TUNNEL, DARK FLOORS.
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