Autopsy is a 2008 American horror film directed by Adam Gierasch and from the producer of the Final Destination film series. It was premiered on August 24, 2008 in the United Kingdom at the London FrightFest Film Festival. The films stars Michael Bowen, Jessica Lowndes, Ashley Schneider, Robert Patrick and Jenette Goldstein.
A group of friends go to New Orleans Mardi Gras. On their way home, they get into a car accident and realize they have hit a man. Before anyone can call for help, an ambulance arrives. They are taken to a strange hospital where their injuries can be examined.
The plot centers on the old hospital where inhumane experiments are being done on the living patients. The "experiments" are brutal, often killing the victim. They are designed to save the head doctor's wife, who has a terminal disease. An entire human circulatory system is formed by the organs of a patient.
Autopsy received generally favorable reviews from its target audience, and was named one of 'Eight Films to Die For' by After Dark Horrorfest.
The film has been praised for its non-reliance on CGI special effects.
Critics and fans have enthused about the cinematography and, in particular, Gary J. Tunnicliffe's inventive old school 'blood and gore' effects which hark back to classic horror and slasher films.
Michael Gingold in Fangoria.com states, "(Dario Argento) the maestro’s influence is... evident in the saturated hues of Anthony B. Richmond’s cinematography.”
David Harley in Bloody-disgusting.com gave the film seven out of ten and said, “… filled with deliciously dark humor, and amazing gore and grue.”
Dreadcentral.com said about the director, “Gierasch truly shines.” and went onto say, “… the film looks absolutely beautiful with rich colors just dripping from the screen. That, combined with the score by music maven Joe Bishara, contributes to making this experience a living, breathing nightmare of a movie that's as sadistic as it is surreal.”
Fearnet.com said about the effects, "… the absolute star of this scrappy little Autopsy flick is the old-school special effects master Gary J. Tunnicliffe. Fans of the art of gore will no doubt delight in what Tunniclliffe has cooked up here."