Film Review: AUTOPSY (1975)

Film Review: AUTOPSY (1975)

Apr 3, 2017

IMDb: Autopsy (1975)
Director: Armando Crispino
Stars: Mimsy Farmer, Barry Primus, Ray Lovelock

Autopsy is an Italian film starring Mimsy Farmer. She was in tons of horror back in the day, dating back to Argento’s early work Four Flies on Grey Velvet. She pops up in lots of the Euro-cult films being released by companies like Blue Underground. Autopsy, has quickly become one of my favorite of this label’s Italian releases. Due to the fact that it didn’t have as many big names tied to it, I waited to watch it. This was a mistake.

Directed by Armando Crispino, this film has one of the most brutal opening sequences ever filmed. Strangely enough, this highly controversial film has the most shocking gore and violence early on. It doesn’t waste any time building you up to an extra violent climax. Of course, this may bother some people who expect the film to be a splatter-fest after viewing the first few minutes.

Now don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of gore and disturbing content. Most of the film takes place in a morgue, surrounding a med student, a priest, and murder. In classic Giallo fashion, there is a murder mystery surrounding these characters. So you will still have plenty of kills, conspiracies, and deviant sexual behavior to satisfy your most base film watching purposes.

I really love the strangeness of this film as well. There are times where it almost doesn’t make sense. The absurdity of some of the plot points, however, don’t damage the narrative structure of the film. They actually add a creepiness to the characters involved. You don’t know who is seeing what in this film, and if what they are seeing is real. There is a surrealistic aspect to this film that is really impressive, whether or not it was done on purpose or not. This, of course, will help some collectors and completely turn off some of the others.

I do, however, think that at the super fair Blue Underground prices make this film worth it for tons of collectors. My favorite thing about this label is that its prices and consistency in quality films always makes it worth a blind buy.