Willfully crass shocker "Autopsy" checks the requisite hapless hotties into a rural Louisiana hospital where nobody ever checks out.

Willfully crass shocker “Autopsy” checks the requisite hapless hotties into a rural Louisiana hospital where nobody ever checks out. Directorial debut by Adam Gierasch (co-scenarist with Jace Anderson of Dario Argento’s “Mother of Tears” and Tobe Hooper’s “Mortuary” and “Toolbox Murders”) takes a somewhat campy approach to lurid genre tropes via ridiculously over-the-top villains and gore. Still, it’s less sendup than homage to retro horror trash. Certain fanboys will be all over this After Dark Fest item once it hits DVD shelves in March.

Post-Mardi Gras partying, five twentysomethings suffer a car crash occasioned by an apparently escaped mental patient. The ambulance arrives without being called; alas, suspiciously underpopulated Mercy Hospital is more in the biz of ensnaring than caring. While her friends suffer serious breaches of medical ethics, Emily (Jessica Lowndes) proves most resilient at combating malevolent Dr. Benway (Robert Patrick) and his equally homicidal staff. A la Argento at his ’70s peak (he’s thanked in the end credits), corridors are lit in atmospherically incongruous rainbow colors. “Autopsy” is as gratuitously stylish as its no-brainer content is gleefully crude. Dull it ain’t, despite brief mayhem lulls.

Autopsy

Production

An After Dark Films release of a Seven Arts Pictures presentation of a Parallel Media, A-Mark Entertainment, Voodoo production. Produced by Jessica Horowitz, Steve Markoff, Bruce McNall, Warren Zide. Executive producers, Olga Mirimskaya, Raymond J. Markovich, Mike Marvin, Darrel Casalino, Michael Arata, Jerry Daigle, Harmon Kaslow, John Martin. Directed by Adam Gierasch. Screenplay, Jace Anderson, Gierasch, E.L. Katz.

Crew

Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Anthony B. Richmond; editor, Andrew Cohen; music, Joseph Bishara; production designer, Dorian Vernacchio. Reviewed at Century 20, Daly City, Calif., Jan. 10, 2009. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Robert Patrick, Jessica Lowndes, Jenette Goldstein, Michael Bowen, Robert LaSardo, Ross Kohn, Ashley Schneider, Arcadiy Golubovich, Ross McCall, Janine Venable, Eric F. Adams.
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