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Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Produced by Ole Bornedal
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
B.J. Rack
Written by Donald A. Wollheim
Matthew Robbins
Guillermo del Toro
Starring Mira Sorvino
Jeremy Northam
Alexander Goodwin
Giancarlo Giannini
Josh Brolin
Charles S. Dutton
F. Murray Abraham
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Dan Laustsen
Editing by Patrick Lussier
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) August 22, 1997
Running time 105 min.
Language English
Budget $30,000,000[1]
Followed by Mimic 2

Mimic is an American science fiction horror film, with elements of a slasher film, released in 1997. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, the script was inspired by a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. Mimic, whose U.S. theatrical gross was $25 million,[2] was followed by two direct-to-video sequels: Mimic 2 (2001) and Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003).

Although del Toro was unhappy with the film as released [3], it includes several examples of his most characteristic hallmarks. "I have a sort of a fetish for insects, clockwork, monsters, dark places, and unborn things," said del Toro,[4] and this is evident in Mimic, where at times all are combined in long, brooding shots of dark, cluttered, muddy chaotic spaces. According to Alfonso Cuaron, del Toro's friend and colleague, "with Guillermo the shots are almost mathematical — everything is planned.”[5] That feature is evident too in Mimic, in the photography, most notably in the brooding shots described above and especially in the set design.



In Manhattan, cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease that is claiming hundreds of the city's children. Entomologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) uses genetic engineering to create what she and her colleague (and husband) Peter Mann (Jeremy Northam) call the Judas Breed, a large insect (looking like a cross between a termite and a praying mantis) that releases an enzyme that kills off the disease-carrying roaches by speeding up their metabolism. The Judas Breed work spectacularly and the crisis is abated. Since the Judas Breed have also been designed to only produce one male able to breed, and they keep it in their care, the hybrid species should die out in a matter of months.

Some years later, people begin to go missing in the subways and tunnels under the city. Susan, Peter, and their staff learn that they severely underestimated the Judas Breed's ability to adapt to its conditions. The Judas Breed has found a way to reproduce and has evolved in order to better hunt a new food source. To everyone's horror, they discover that the Judas' new food source is humans, and now the insects have grown to be as big as people and can mimic the appearance and behavior of humans with uncanny accuracy. Susan and Peter have learned that huge swarms of the Judas Breed are living beneath the city in the subway system, and with the help of Leonard (Charles S. Dutton), a transit system police officer, they search out the insects, whose quick evolution (one fertile male and hordes of females) also made them humanoid, before they can take over the city and from there the world.

Box office

According to Box Office Mojo, its domestic gross is $25,480,490; it did not beat its budget of 30 million dollars.[6]


Mimic currently holds a 55% fresh rating on Rotten[7]

Related works

Mimic was planned as one of three 30 minute short films intended to be shown together. It was expanded into a full length movie, as was Impostor. The short film Alien Love Triangle remains a 30 minute short film, and has never been released.[8]


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