An ultracreepy blend of horror and fantasy (think of it as Beauty and the Bugs
) from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Cronos
) about giant cockroaches in the subway tunnels beneath Manhattan. Like its DNA-altered spawn (the title refers to the way some insects evolve to resemble their predators), Mimic
is not your everyday bug picture, but a more poetic (though quite gruesome) sort of film, literally crawling with bizarre, striking images. In this case, the mutant bugs are not the result of evil atomic experiments (as in Them!
), but are the unexpected side effect of work done by an entomologist (Mira Sorvino) and her Centre for Disease Control officer husband (Jeremy Northam), who, in a last-ditch effort to control a roach-carried disease epidemic that was killing children, released a genetically altered form of sterile cockroaches beneath the city. They stopped the virus, but... Also starring Charles Dutton, Giancarlo Giannini, F. Murray Abraham, and Josh Brolin. --Jim Emerson
Three years after creating the Judas breed - a new species of insect - in order to wipe out plague-carrying cockroaches, Dr Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) worries that the breed may have evolved. Along with her husband Peter (Jeremy Northam) and their assistant Josh (Josh Brolin), they travel the subways looking for Judas specimens. Meanwhile, 8-year-old Chuy disappears after investigating shadowy figures at the local chapel, and his grandfather Manny sets out to track him down. Both Manny and Susan make a terrible discovery - the Judas insects have developed the ability to take on human form, and are now set to destroy mankind.