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"Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead" tells the story of a group of fans at a horror convention who are invited to an exclusive after-party. After passing out, each one awakens in the woods outside a farmhouse to find themselves dressed up in different clothing. They soon come to realize that they are pawns in someone's sick re-enactment of "Night of the Living Dead." This time it's not a movie. Its real-life… and people are really dying.
I must say that director / writer Douglas Schulze truly has utilized an interesting concept. Many remakes could save themselves the embarrassment of being inadequate carbon copies if they would take the route "Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead" does with its namesake. Instead of making rehashed updates of iconic films, producers could make a movie about fans of the original who want to act out the events in real life. It could be applied to any horror or slasher movie.
Just picture this: a franchise of films based on the idea. We could have "Mimesis 2: A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Mimesis 3: The Amityville Horror," Mimesis 4: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." The possibilities truly are endless. SyFy Channel or Chiller could even have a weekly "Mimesis" television show. Contestants have to re-live a classic horror film to win prizes and such.Read more ›
Again, worth a look if you are into the horror genre. I doubt you'll hate it, but it will probably leave you feeling a bit disappointed.
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.).
Each of the fans shares the first name of the actor who played the role in the film. Duane ends up playing the role of Ben which was played by Duane Jones. Karl is dressed as uptight father Harry (played by Karl Hardman) and so forth. Even the old rundown farmhouse seems to have been recreated. Keith is the horror film expert and tries to figures out their next move as it related to the film and constantly reminds the rest that none of the characters survived in the film. He warns Harry about trying to escape via an old pickup truck noting how the truck exploded in the film.
When Harry ignores Keith the truck indeed explodes but because it was booby-trapped with a bomb. The group quickly realizes that they are part of a deadly game setup by a group of psychotic horror fans who want a more realistic experience and have lured the unsuspecting convention goers into a real life horror film where the death is all-too real.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mimesis certainly started out on a shaky note. A goth chick meets up with two boys and invites them to a party. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bryan
I gave this movie three stars just for the effort. The way I see it, you mean to tell me not one of these people had a cell phone? Read morePublished 23 months ago by PJ Morrone
loved the storyline and the way the film ended ...it kept you on edge all the way through the film.Published on March 24, 2014 by Mark shafer
This movie has an interesting idea that doesn't go anywhere interesting. Bland script, bad dialogue, some passable acting mixed a terrible lead actress and poor sound design.Published on March 23, 2014 by SWH
There always have been and always will be low budget movies. They cost little to produce compared to blockbuster pictures and the return on investment is enough to get people to... Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Mark Turner
Cinematography was good
Nice cameos from some of the greats of horrors past. Read more
This film exceeded my expectations. I had never heard of it and was at walmart trying to see what new unknown horror films they had on the shelves. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Johnny5437
Synopsis : A group of people who meet at a horror movie convention soon become part of a real life horror movie themselves. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Cyril J. Martinez
So I bought this movie, I opened it and it just sat with my collection of Blu Rays. I've had it for about 2 1/2 weeks. I finally watched it, well, I'm currently watching it. Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by JeffersonH