If you’ve ever wondered if a horror movie could be made from the premise of a man being given the weekend to dissect a corpse, here’s your answer: yes, it can be.
Autopsy of Jane Doe is a strong contender for the title of Most Unusual Horror Movie. It’s the debut feature from TV mini-series veteran André Øvredal and I’d be surprised if we get anything else quite like it this year. The doctor in question is played by Brian Cox, who’s joined on the autopsy table by a young doctor and an FBI agent.
Cox’s character is a jerk, not a monster, and it’s his weirdly squeamish fear of dead bodies that turn this into a horror movie. It’s not really a gross-out movie, but it’s full of nasty surprises and the whole thing is bizarrely fascinating.
And if you have already watched Autopsy of Jane Doe, you definitely want to watch more of such great horror blockbusters. At ListPink, we are answering your search with this list of 15 Autopsy of Jane Doe similar movies.
Also, before we start with the list, if you are a fan of haunted house horror movies like me, you may want to check this list of top movies in this genre.
2. The Dyatlov Pass Incident | 2013 | 5.8 IMDB
A group of young Russian skiers goes on an expedition to reach the abandoned city of the dead. The group makes a horrifying discovery, but they don’t realize that this is only the beginning of a nightmare beyond their comprehension.
The Dyatlov Pass Incident is a great film. With a cast that includes Richard Reid, who played the young Norman Bates in Psycho IV, this film is a modern-day mystery with a lot of horrors thrown in. The film is a bit slow, but the payoff is worth the wait.
2. Deadgirl | 2008 | 7.8 IMDB
A group of high school boys finds a naked girl trapped in a deserted underground cage. They soon discover that she is the subject of a doctor’s bizarre experiment, and they are the next subjects. Some of the most uncomfortable moments in horror.
Deadgirl is an underrated gem that is criminally under-watched. I went in expecting one thing and left with my mind blown. One of the most disturbing, uncomfortable, and memorable movies I have ever seen.
2. Session 9 | 2001 | 7.4 IMDB
An asbestos removal company is given the job of ridding an abandoned mental hospital of its asbestos. While cleaning out the basement, the crew stumbles upon a room that the locals call “the rubber room,” where patients were restrained in a straight jacket and left for days at a time.
When a crew member falls into a coma, he begins to have visions of a terrifying presence in the basement that may be connected to the hospital’s dark past. One of the most overlooked horror films from 2001. Session 9 has a great atmosphere and a very slow burn.
The film also has a great cast with Stephen Gevedon, David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Josh Lucas, and Brendan Sexton III.
2. Pet | 2016 | 5.1 IMDB
“Pet” is a psychological thriller about a disturbed young man who kidnaps a photo-journalist and forces her to live with him in his apartment.
The film explores the thin line between love and hate, and how dangerous it can be when one is not sure what side of that line one is on. A series of strange events, unexplained bruises, and confusing flashbacks lead to the realization that no one is who they seem.
3. Dark Floors | 2016 | 5.7 IMDB
The story of a university professor, who accepts a job at a remote hospital to investigate the death of a young woman. He finds the town he’s staying in is plagued by the ghosts of patients who died in the hospital and is determined to find out what happened to them.
Dark Floors is a low-budget film that is very reminiscent of Session 9. It’s slow, creepy, and just as unnerving.
2. The Possession of Hannah Grace | 2018 | 6.4 IMDB
A newly recruited deputy, whose past may hold clues to a missing person’s identity, teams up with a veteran detective to solve a murder. The first half of the film is a bit slow and the second half is sort of a letdown. But, The Possession of Hannah Grace has some pretty good scares and creepy scenes. If you are looking for a light scare and some decent suspense, you can check this one out.
3. The Nun | 2018 | 6.5 IMDB
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. The Nun is a prequel to both The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2. It has decent jump scares and a good storyline. The acting is a bit off at times but the scares make up for it. The Nun is worth your time.
4. The House with a Clock in its Walls | 2018 | 6.6 IMDB
A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. The House with a Clock in its Walls is a fun little horror flick. The first half of the movie is really fun, but then it turns into your typical kids’ adventure film. This one belongs on this list because of the way it starts. The House with a Clock in its Walls is definitely worth watching.
4. The Corridor | 2007 | 6.1 IMDB
When a young student is called to her professor’s office, she is assaulted by a horrific vision of a woman’s corpse. The next day, the student is found dead, apparently having committed suicide. The professor, who was her mentor and friend, is questioned by the police about a book that he had given to the student on the occult.
The professor is a psychologist who had been studying the effect of trauma on memory. The police suspect that the professor had exposed his student to the sight of the corpse to trigger her memory. But the professor has a different explanation. The movie’s story is very similar to Session 9 and Dark Floors.
5. The Atticus Institute | 2015 | 6.8 IMDB
A young woman named Eve seeks out the help of an organization called The Atticus Institute. She wants them to erase her memories of recent trauma.
The Atticus Institute uses a controversial treatment that goes beyond the typical hypnosis. The Atticus Institute erases memories through the use of a drug. The patients are hooked up to an IV and the memories are literally flushed out of their brains.
The film also has sinister intentions. It is a movie that combines the horror of a medical thriller with the disturbing elements of a torture thriller. The film has a very unique concept.
6. Headspace | 2015 | 6.6 IMDB
A young woman has been suffering from nightmares for the past 10 years. She goes to a doctor, who finds a malignant tumor in her brain. The tumor is removed, but the young woman starts to suffer from strange hallucinations. The doctor decides to try an experimental treatment involving a virtual reality helmet.
He believes that the dreams that the patient is having are suppressed memories of the past. He believes that the helmet can help the patient remember what happened to her.
Headspace is very similar to The Atticus Institute. Both are movies involving the use of a brain helmet to uncover painful memories.
7. Spring | 2014 | 6.2 IMDB
A group of college students goes to a secluded cabin in the woods. After a night of partying, they wake up to find that they are unable to leave. They discover that they are not alone. They are being hunted by a group of creatures that resemble human beings.
Spring is a film that combines the psychological terror of Session 9 with the gore and violence of The Autopsy of Jane Doe.
8. Dagon | 2001 | 6.4 IMDB
A group of friends on a fishing trip in Spain come across a seemingly abandoned village. As they explore the ruins, they come across a strange, old man who warns them to leave. The group ignores him and goes snooping around in the church. They are horrified to find a vampiric creature that feeds on blood.
Dagon is a Spanish horror film that is very reminiscent of The Autopsy of Jane Doe. The film has a very Lovecraftian feel to it and is directed by Stuart Gordon.
3. The Crazies | 2010 | 6.8 IMDB
An infection turning people into homicidal maniacs is spreading fast in the small town of Ogden Marsh, and the military quarantine won’t be able to stop it from spreading to the neighboring town of Omega. The Crazies is top-notch horror.
The film is gripping, gory, scary, and original. It is about a small town struck by a disease, and what happens when the military is the only thing that can save the town. The film is scary, gory, and everything a horror movie should be.
4. Pontypool | 2008 | 6.9 IMDB
A radio shock jock and his producer, along with a caller and his girlfriend, become trapped in a local radio station during an outbreak of a virus that makes language aggressive and lethal. One of the most original, bizarre, and well done movies I have ever seen.
The film is about a virus that makes people go insane and kill those around them by using words. This is a film that leaves you thinking even after the credits roll.
5. The Descent | 2005 | 7.2 IMDB
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. Probably one of the most terrifying movies I have ever seen.
The Descent is a masterful blend of horror and suspense. The film is about a group of women who go spelunking. Right when you think you’ve figured out what is going on, the film does a complete 180 and throws you for a loop. This movie is a master class of what horror is.
6. The Signal | 2014 | 6.8 IMDB
A group of college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the emergence of an unidentified aerial object and the beginning of a series of attacks that devastate the countryside.
The Signal is a sci-fi, horror, thriller that masterfully blends all three genres into one. The film is a great example of how a movie should start off slow and build its way up to a crazy ending. The plot is fantastic, the film is well shot, and the finale is something that will leave you speechless.
3. Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County | 1998 | 6.4 IMDB
A TV show that documents the alleged alien abductions of a family from Lake County Ohio. The film is a mockumentary that is presented as a real documentary. The movie is a spoof of the classic alien abduction films.
The mockumentary style, the over-the-top acting, and the hilarious alien effects will make you believe that this is the real thing. The movie is one of the funniest in the genre, especially if you have watched a lot of alien abduction films.
4. A Bay of Blood | 1971 | 6.3 IMDB
A young woman inherits a mansion from a recently murdered friend. The woman’s greed soon gets the best of her when she decides to sell the land to a construction company for a hefty profit.
The film is a Giallo and is a classic of the genre. The film is full of twists and turns. The acting and production are a little campy, but that adds to the overall enjoyment of the film.
The film also features some of the best gore effects of the early ’70s and was a big influence on the slasher genre.
5. The Exorcist III | 1990 | 6.9 IMDB
A detective investigating the death of a 12-year-old boy discovers a trail of bizarre clues all leading to one name, Damien Thorn. The Exorcist III is a continuation of the classic horror franchise.
The film is a demonic possession film and is not afraid to go where few films dared to go. The movie is very gory and scary. The film is a little slow but once the story gets going it becomes a solid horror film. The Exorcist III is a forgotten classic and is worth a watch.
6. Frankenstein’s Army | 2013 | 6.9 IMDB
In the last days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in enemy territory. While searching for their way back, the soldiers encounter a village in which the residents are acting rather strange.
The movie is a found footage film that follows a group of Russian soldiers as they encounter Alraune, a mythical German creature that turns people into zombies.
Frankenstein’s Army has some of the best zombie effects I have ever seen. The acting is very good, the story is interesting, and the film is very gory.
So, which movies on the list did you like the most? Do you have any other such films on your mind? We would love to hear your thoughts.