Director – Jean de Segonzac
Cast – Alix Koromzay, Bruno Campos, Gaven E. Lucas, Will Estes, Edward Albert, Jon Polito, Jody Wood, Jim O’Heir, Brian Leckner, Paul Schulze, Michael Tucci
Release Year – 2001
Reviewed by John of the Dead
Mimic remains one of my favorite horror films due to its awesome subject matter blending three elements I love: biology, insects, and horror. When Mimic 2 debuted I was pretty stoked to give this was a view, and while it was not nearly as good as the first one I did find it to be a mostly-positive sequel that continued the saga of the first while only suffering minor (and forgivable) faults.
Taking place after the events of the first film, Remy(Alix Koromzay; Mimic, The Haunting remake) continues her research after the horrible events involving the original Judas Bug, only to find that the bug was never truly exterminating and is still evolving in present day New York City. Paired with a detective, a few of her young students, and trapped in a school after-hours, she is forced to fight off the newly evolved Judas Bugs who have now taken on even more of a human form, but still harbor their very deadly tendencies.
If you enjoyed the first film then there is a chance that you will find as much joy in this one as I did. Simply put, Mimic 2 continues the story set up by Guillermo del Toro’s Mimic and gives us much more of the same antics, but with a few creative elements thrown in to keep things interesting. Remy’s character being reprised in this effort was a swell idea, and it only raised the conflict given she had previously experienced the Judas Bug firsthand and knew of the dangers they possessed and delivered. The horror provided by the Judas Bugs was great, and while we did not get as many on-screen kills as I wanted they did manage to find enough screentime to keep me engaged for the most part, one of the film’s many forgivable faults. The rest of the faults lie within the usage of characters, namely our protagonists: Det. Klaski(Bruce Campos), Sal Aguirre(Gavin Lucas) , and Nicky(Will Estes; Terror Tract, May). Each of them were used to mostly-positive potential, but all gave with overly cheesy dialogue that occurred way-too-often for comfort. I can appreciate cheesy dialogue, but the dialogue in this piece came too easy and the “cheese” was bland and at times…unenjoyable. If you take this film for what it is then hopefully the dialogue will not ruin your experience too much; for me it was to the point of slight un-enjoyment, but nothing that I could not handle. I loved the added elements written into the film involving the Judas Bug, who can now mimic humans to an even higher level after learning how to literally rip their victim’s face off and place it over their own, helping them to blend in further into society. This simple idea was an awesome one that I really enjoyed, and it played very well into the film’s enjoyable climax.
Director Jean de Segonzac did a good job with this one, showing that despite his long-time TV director status (before and after Mimic 2) he had/has what it takes to give us positive direction in a full-length film. His atmosphere is dark, gloomy, and nearly on-par with the original effort, and he makes good use of his sets by using them to provide the most tension and horror possible, which was especially the case with the scenes in the school after-hours. His execution of the Judas Bugs was great as well, give us mostly live-action FX throughout and only relying on CGI when it consisted of scenes nearly impossible to film live-action, which was also the case with the original effort as well. The look and mannerisms of the Judas Bugs was great, and they provide plenty of gore as they make mince meat of their victims’ faces and use long appendages to impale those unfortunate enough to cross their paths. While our actors were forced to exhibit some very cheesy and cliché dialogue, they did so with good execution and made the most out of their performances, which could have been much worse and really made the dialogue detriment the experience.
Overall, Mimic 2 is an enjoyable sequel to the famed original that despite quite a few forgivable faults makes for a good horror experience sure to give fans of the original what they want to see. The story continues the saga and adds a few unique elements to the usage of the Judas Bugs, and Segonzac’s direction provides great atmosphere and good horror stemming from awesome live-action FX, gore, and savage killers looking to rid the world of their only predators.