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Autopsy (Widescreen)

Mimsy Farmer , Barry Primus , Armando Crispino    Unrated   DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Chilly blond Mimsy Farmer is an Italian medical student who has disturbing visions of the waking dead during a rash of grotesque suicides. She works in a morgue where every living man in her orbit hits on her and one coworker even tries to rape her ("You can't blame a guy for trying. Nothing turns on a man more than an icy woman," comforts an oh-so understanding boyfriend). Barry Primus is an angry priest with a dark past and anger-management issues (he screams, "I've killed many others and I'll kill you too," while beating a man's skull into the pavement). The apparent cause of the suicide hit parade is extreme sunspot activity (each death is punctuated with fiery images of solar flares), but when victims close to Farmer start dropping from high-rise windows, the picture twists into a murder mystery with a gallery of sleazy and shady suspects. Director Armando Crispino fills in the edges with unending images of death, shocking violence, and gratuitous nudity, creating an intermittently stylish but often bluntly exploitative horror mystery. Shorn of 15 minutes when it debuted in American theaters in the mid-1970s, the sex and violence has been completely restored for video. One short scene is in Italian with English subtitles, due to missing soundtrack materials, while the rest is dubbed in English. Ennio Morricone provides a suitably strange mix of atonal stings and lovely melodies. --Sean Axmaker

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2.0 out of 5 stars misleading box art Nov. 9 2000
Format:VHS Tape
From the cover image on the Anchor Bay remaster of "Autopsy," you'd think it would be a hard-core horror film taking place in a morgue. Unfortunately, that kind of assumption is only wishful thinking compared to the VHS tape within.
This is a mystery movie (or a "giallo") masquerading as horror. It's slow-moving hoopla about a series of alleged suicides connected to someone wanting to get their hands on an inheritance. Yawn.
The only actor worthy of note is Barry Primus--as the screw-loose Father Lennox--whose over-the-top performance keeps things interesting. Mimsy Farmer as a medical student on his tail is ice-cold and sometimes irritating.
Don't buy this expecting horror--it's just a slow movie set apart from other low-budget Italian efforts of the time by it's appalling lack of action; the only violence literally comes at the very beginning and the very end of the movie. The rest of this is intriguing but ponderous--you may find it hard to stay awake for the full duration of "Autopsy."
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good thriller and not what you'd expect April 10 2000
Format:VHS Tape
What appears to be marketed as an exploitation piece (the film title 'Autopsy' and video cover) is actually nothing of the sort. There are some vicious moments - but this film is actually character driven, not gore driven; in fact there is very little gore, but the story doesn't need it.
This is a well-made, suspenseful movie, with decent acting and a solid plot. The odd moments of violence are often under-played and intelligently put across. Ennio Morricone's score is as affecting as any of his other soundtracks and the direction is fairly strong.
All in all, an interesting thriller, which whilst in its time (made in 1973) could have caused controversy (the US Censors snipped 15 minutes for a theatrical release in 1975), is nothing more by today's standards, than an adult murder-mystery with some interesting special effects
Ignore the cover - ignore the title; this is not cheap exploitation trash, but a well-made Italian suspenser. As long as you don't mind the odd plot-jump and usual 'Italian to English' dubbing (is it me or are the same ten actor's voices used to dub EVERY film from Italian to English?), this is worthy of 2hrs of anyone's time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars AUTOPSY WITH A BLUNT SCALPEL Aug. 26 2001
Format:DVD
this so-so "giallo" was directed by ARMANDO CRISPINO, not Josà Marìa ForquÃ. Set during a sizzling Roman summer, "Autopsy" opens with a grim montage sequence depicting various people committing suicide/homicide. Straight after this we are plunged into a startling episode at the central morgue: as overwrought heroine Mimsy Farmer looks round, grotesquely leering corpses seem to come to life and get up from the slabs. Powerful stuff, but unfortunately the rest of the movie doesn't come up with anything to top it. What follows is an involved, but not very interesting murder mystery, fleshed out with exclusively unlikeable characters - Farmer included - and occasional touches of cruelty. Certain scenes - the deadly trap in the crime museum, for example - are effectively suspenseful, but the tricksy narrative outstays it's welcome long before the 100 minute running time is up. Picture quality, however, is excellent and the DVD includes a trailer for the film under it's official export title, "The Victim". If you're new to the "giallo" and are looking to build up a good collection on DVD, invest your money in films like "The Girl Who Knew Too Much", "Blood and Black Lace", "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage", "Deep Red" and "Torso". "Autopsy" is passable entertainment, but hardly essential.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder Mystery Marketed as Horror Film Aug. 7 2000
By Shyguy
Format:DVD
"Autopsy - A Chilling Slab of Unspeakable Horror"
Or so we read on the box of this DVD. Of Italian origin and first released in 1973 as "Macchie Solari", Autopsy has not aged well as a horror movie. Interestingly, I believe the original title referred to suns spots, which are a recurring theme in the movie.
Autopsy starts brilliantly depicting a number of suicides that invariably end up in the autopsy room, where we meet the protagonist played by Mimsy Farmer. Mimsy is studying forensic medicine and writing a thesis on how to distinguish between real and fake suicides. Something happens and Mimsy begins to see the cadavers moving around.
After this promising opening, the movie strays away from the moving cadavers and turns into a murder mystery. A young woman that Mimsy briefly meets in her apartment is found dead in what appears to be a suicide. However, dead woman's brother (played by Barry Primus) is convinced that it was murder.
Eventually, Mimsy realizes that the dead woman's brother, who is also a priest, is correct. By then, other suicides/murders start occurring around her, and even she becomes the target of one attempt. Suddenly, she doesn't know if she can trust the priest, her father, her father's business associate, her boyfriend (who also is a target of a murder attempt) or even herself.
By now, this movie is no longer a horror film. Instead, it has become a classic who-dunnit film, with occasional sunspot flare- ups depicted a certain intervals. Surprisingly, the mystery is actually well-done. Agatha Christie couldn't have written a better murder mystery.
Why the movie was titled Autopsy in English is beyond me. Scully and Mulder (X-Files) spend more time in the morgue than do Mimsy and Barry.
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