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Mimesis -- A group of horror fans find themselves unwilling participants in a nightmarish role playing game that pays homage to the classic horror film Night of the Living Dead. The film stars screen icon Sid Haig (Devil's Rejects) and Courtney Gain (Children of the

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Director:
Writers:
Douglas Schulze (story)
Joshua Wagner (screenplay)
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Tagline:
Welcome Back To That Night
Plot:
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Allen Maldonado ... Duane

Sid Haig ... Alfonso Betz

Lauren Mae Shafer ... Judith

Courtney Gains ... Gordon

Taylor Piedmonte ... Russell

David G.B. Brown ... Keith

Jana Thompson ... Karen
Gavin Grazer ... Karl

Bryana Dorfman ... Kyra
Dan Gerics ... Benjamin

David Gries ... Patrick
Brian Matthew Richardson ... Owen
Terence Lee Cover ... Manson

Rachael Adams ... Alexis / Lizzy
David Schwager ... Gacy
Leah Barkoff ... May

Carol Ilku ... Marilyn
Hope Crenshaw ... News Reporter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Didrik Davis ... Convention Goer

Dominic Ryan Gabriel ... Corpse
S. William Hinzman ... Cameo Zombie
Robert Robertson ... Graveyard Zombie

Directed by
Douglas Schulze 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Douglas Schulze  story
Joshua Wagner  screenplay

Produced by
Gavin Grazer .... producer
Kurt Eli Mayry .... producer
Brian Mitchell .... line producer
Pedro J. Mérida .... associate producer
Julie Schulze .... co-producer
Seth Willenson .... executive producer
Ed Yager .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Diego Navarro 
 
Cinematography by
Lon Stratton 
 
Film Editing by
Rob Frenette 
 
Production Design by
Mark C. Davis Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Vicki Vanderkolk 
 
Set Decoration by
Ashely Christ 
 
Costume Design by
Cheryl Marie Freeman 
 
Makeup Department
Cat Bernier .... special makeup effects artist
Cheryl Ann Hall .... key makeup artist
Lindy Lenk .... makeup department head
Terri Nikolits .... wig specialist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dominic Ryan Gabriel .... second second assistant director
Brian Kilby .... first assistant director
Lindy Lenk .... second unit director
Joel Pritchard .... second assistant director
DaJuan Rippy .... second second assistant director
Jamie Lynn Turner .... second second assistant director
Chris Winston .... second second assistant director
Ed Yager .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Daniel Fumero .... poster artist
Robert Sayers .... property master
 
Special Effects by
Cat Bernier .... key special effects makeup artist
Michael Matthews .... pyrotechnician
Terri Nikolits .... special fx assistant
Rory Donovan Scott .... special effects assistant
Devon Alaric Westerholm .... special effects assistant
 
Stunts
Dominic Ryan Gabriel .... stunt double: Courtney Gains
Rick Shaw .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sebastian Boada .... first assistant camera
Mark C. Davis Jr. .... dp: second unit
David Galler .... second assistant camera
Anthony R. Gaskell .... key grip
Scott V. Hall .... second assistant camera
Stephen Hardy .... data manager
Eric James Kline .... grip
Sam Sage .... gaffer
Robert Skates .... camera operator
Tanmay Toraskar .... camera production assistant
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Hardy .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Pedro J. Mérida .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Nathan Crossen .... production assistant
Mark C. Davis Jr. .... credit sequence
Paul Hammond .... commentary
Kayla Kristy .... script supervisor
Lindy Lenk .... set photography
Walter McCarthy .... production assistant
Brian Mitchell .... location manager
DaJuan Rippy .... production assistant (as DaJuan Rippy)
Courtney Schade .... commentary coordinator
Jolene Schipper .... production assistant
Thomas Zambeck .... production coordinator: los angeles
 

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Also Known As:
"Mimesis: Play Dead" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for bloody violence and for language
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95 min
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Self aware but not Smarmy, 12 February 2013
Author: cashiersducinemart from Riverview, MI

It's refreshing to see a film that knows the true meaning of the word "homage" -- something done or given in acknowledgment or consideration of the worth of another -- rather than "rip off," which is something we see far too often in films, especially horror movies.

Douglas Schulze's Mimesis is a clever homage to George Romero's Night of the Living Dead on one hand and a modern "thrill killer" movie on the other. After an opening scare starring Courtney Gaines, the audience is taken to a horror convention where Alphonze Betz (Sid Haig) rails against the media blaming horror movies for real life horrors. In the audience are Russell (Taylor Piedmonte) and his unlikely pal Duane (Allen Maldonado).

Russell is a horror fan while Duane is more keen on meeting some of the hotties at the con including Judith (Lauren Mae Shafer), a goth girl who invites the boys to a party later that night. Thinking he'll get some, Duane convinces Russell to drive out to the spooky farmhouse where they encounter some out-of-place regular people and a number of silent, spooky dudes all made up in makeup. Before the party gets too "dick in the mashed potatoes" crazy, Russell and Duane are down for the count, waking up dressed in different clothes and hanging out in some eerily familiar settings.

There's no "They're coming to get you, Barbara!" line in Mimesis but much of the rest of Night of the Living Dead is there as our protagonists find themselves cast in a living remake of the film, complete with flesh-tearing zombies.

Thus, Mimesis becomes a film with disparate characters trapped in a farmhouse with a menacing presence outside but the presence isn't supernatural, it's psychotic. Additionally, the script by Schulze and Joshua Wagner is incredibly self-aware, playing with and against the plot of NOTLD along with more current films where strangers toy with innocents (Them, Inside, High Tension, etc.).

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