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Mimic (1997)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  22 August 1997 (USA)
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Three years ago, entomologist Dr. Susan Tyler genetically created an insect to kill cockroaches carrying a virulent disease. Now, the insects are out to destroy their only predator, mankind.



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A disease carried by common cockroaches is killing Manhattan children. In an effort to stop the epidemic an entomologist, Susan Tyler, creates a mutant breed of insect that secretes a fluid to kill the roaches. This mutant breed was engineered to die after one generation, but three years later Susan finds out that the species has survived and evolved into a large, gruesome monster that can mimic human form. Written by Steven Dretzke <stevend@unicomp.net>

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Evolution has a way of keeping things alive. See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi

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Rated R for terror/violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 August 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Judus  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,818,208 (USA) (22 August 1997)


£1,485,223 (UK) (17 July 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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The escalator in Delancey Street subway station is shown as dismantled for maintenance because the scene was filmed on a Toronto subway station platform that was closed in 1966, so its escalator was removed (See also Thrill Seekers (1999)). See more »


Near the end when Dr. Peter Mann is running from the female Mimics, he does end up in the larva room and gets the idea using his lighter and the gas to neutralize the upcoming threat with fire. When his Lighter does not function anymore and he loses it in the water he gets the idea to use sparks created by the pickaxe, which worked quite easily. However whilst all the gas pipes where metal and you hear the sound of metal hitting metal, there happened to be no single spark while he hit a dozen holes in them. See more »


Josh: This is what I love about my job. I get to travel, see the world, meet new cultures. I mean, it's all bacterial, but, hey, what the fuck?
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References Aliens (1986) See more »


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By Robert Ellen
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c/o Warner Chappell Music Canada
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User Reviews

Could Have Been A Whole Lot Worse
7 July 2003 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

The idea of a film featuring genetically modified humanoid insects stalking the streets of New York makes me believe it would have a long shelf life - It`d spend a long time on a shelf waiting for a distributor , but MIMIC was far better than I expected . Director Guillermo Del Toro rightly concentrates on mood and atmosphere and also deserves a mention for making sure the cast didn`t camp the film up because it`s the sort of film that`s difficult for actors to believe in but everyone on screen takes it absolutely seriously . The screenwriters also deserve some praise for taking a ludicurous premise ( Remember we`re talking humanoid insects here ) and writing a story that makes you forget you`re watching something laughably far fetched . We also get to learn that soldier insects have to be killed stone dead in order to stop fighting and that insects take their pray to an underground lair to be eaten so the audience learns something about both insects and how to telegraph a script . My only criticism about the screenplay is that it does feel rather like an ALIENS type movie towards the end but that`s a very minor criticism .

So I fairly enjoyed MIMIC . It`s not as good as QUATERMASS AND THE PIT which is the greatest film to have the underground transport system as its setting but it`s a whole lot better than other subway or bug movies

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