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A virulent new disease is killing the children of Manhattan and has reached epidemic proportions. Peter Mann in desperation asks the entomologist, Dr. Susan Tyler, if she can help by killing the disease carrier, the common cockroach. Susan genetically engineers a new species of predatory insect to exterminate the cockroach and then die off. This novel solution works and the children recover but nature isn't the laboratory and things don't exactly go according to plan. Three years later people start to disappear, mutilated bodies are found and wild rumors of giant insects mimicking man start to emerge from the bag people living in the subway under Manhattan. Peter and Susan are called in to investigate.
For thousands of years, man has been evolution's greatest creation... until now.
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Release Date: August 22, 1997
Runtime: 105 mins
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: English, Italian
Sound: Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Buried.com Rating: 6.7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M
MPAA Rating: R
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for terror/violence and language.
Guillermo del Toro
Mira Sorvino ...Dr. Susan Tyler
Jeremy Northam ...Dr. Peter Mann
Alexander Goodwin ...Chuy
Giancarlo Giannini ...Manny
Charles S. Dutton ...Leonard
Josh Brolin ...Josh
Alix Koromzay ...Remy
F. Murray Abraham ...Dr. Gates
James Costa ...Ricky
Javon Barnwell ...Davis
Norman Reedus ...Jeremy
Pak Kwong Ho ...Preacher
Glenn Bang ...yang (as Glen Bang)
Margaret Ma ...Chinese Woman
Warna Fisher ...Bag Lady
Alan Argue ...Skeletal Bum
Charles Hayter ...Homeless Man
Julian Richings ...Workman
James Kidnie ...Subway Repairman
Eve English ...Homeless Woman
Bill Lasovich ...Long John #1
Doug Jones ...Long John #2
Roger Clown ...Long John #3
Marian Caparros ...Bystander SWAT arrival
Thomas Lundy ...Subway passenger
Rocco Salata ...Swat Team Leader
Donald A. Wollheim
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
Mimic Horror Film Trailer 1
"Give Me Central 209"
"Wake Up This Morning"
"By The Stream"
More Movie Taglines:
- For thousands of years, man has been evolution's greatest creation... until now.
- This summer, brace yourself for the ultimate battle between man and nature.
- A Bold Experiment. A Deadly Mistake! [DVD cover]
- We protect ourselves by destroying our enemies but evolution has a way of keeping things alive.
- Evolution has a way of keeping things alive.
- [on insect's inner motivation] Dr. Gates: Can I eat it or will it eat me?
Susan Tyler: Sometimes an insect will even mimic its predator.
Susan Tyler: They mimic us. We mimic them.
Dr. Gates: My God, the organs, they're... perfectly formed.
Leonard: You better tell me, what the hell is going on around here?
- 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 The Time Shifters (1999) (TV)).
Screenwriters Matt Greenberg and John Sayles are uncredited in the movie, but were credited in some of the trailers and TV spots.
Director Guillermo del Toro disowned the film after constant clashes with Bob Weinstein, who would frequently visit the set and make unreasonable demands about what should be shot, deviating away from the script. Since then del Toro has never worked with the Weinsteins.
The scene where Mira Sorvino and Jeremy Northam walk in the hall with all the sick kids lying in their beds was actually directed by Ole Bornedal, one of the producers on the film.
Originally planned as a single 30-min. short as part of a feature of sci-fi/horror/comedy shorts by Miramax. The other segments also grew into the features Impostor (2001) and Alien Love Triangle (2002).
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