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Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead [Blu-ray] (2011)

Allen Maldonado , Sid Haig , Douglas Schulze  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Allen Maldonado, Sid Haig, Lauren Mae Shafer, Courtney Gains, Taylor Piedmonte
  • Directors: Douglas Schulze
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,080 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A group of horror fans find themselves unwilling participants in a nightmarish role playing game that pays homage to a classic horror film. Seven complete strangers whose only common link is a love for classic era horror films are invited to attend an exclusive 'horror fan' party at a remote farm. But as the sun sets, these strangers soon find themselves living a real life version of the cult horror classic, Night of the Living Dead. The strangers all bare a striking resemblance to the cast members from the Romero classic and waiting just outside the boarded up farmhouses, a group of demented sociopaths eager to 'mimic' the flesh eating zombies. Why watch a horror film when you can live one?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Review: "Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead" February 16, 2013
Let's begin this movie review with a quick definition of the word "mimesis." The Free Dictionary by Farlex states that "Mimesis" means "the imitation or representation of aspects of the sensible world, especially human actions, in literature and art." Now you don't have to wait for genre legend Sid Haig to explain it to you three-quarters of the way through "Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead."

"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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever Homage to a Classic January 7, 2013
It's refreshing to see a film that knows the true meaning of the word "homage" -- something done or given in acknowledgment or consideration of the worth of another -- rather than "rip off," which is something we see far too often in films, especially horror movies.

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.).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars interesting premise runs out of gas March 7, 2013
Mimesis is an interesting little take on the zombie film that manages to rise above its low budget roots, even if just barely. Two buddies, Russell and Duane are attending a horror convention when they and several other fans are given an invitation to an exclusive after show party at a secluded farmhouse. Duane is all in while Russell whines about having to work but ultimately goes along for the ride. The drinks flow and the two friends, along with five other fans pass out, apparently drugged. When they awake they find they are dressed as characters from the original Night of the Living Dead film. And not only that, but they are being stalked by zombies who quickly take a bite out of Russell when he and Karen wake up in a cemetery in a recreation of the opening scene of the George Romero classic.

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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For the effort only
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 more
Published 5 months ago by PJ Morrone
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it...Lauren Mae Shafer is someone to be watched.....
loved the storyline and the way the film ended kept you on edge all the way through the film.
Published 7 months ago by Donna Shafer
1.0 out of 5 stars Sub par in every way
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 7 months ago by SWH
3.0 out of 5 stars LOW BUDGET WITH HEART
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 more
Published 17 months ago by Mark Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Decent acting
Good story
Editing ehhh
Audio ehhh
Cinematography was good
Nice cameos from some of the greats of horrors past. Read more
Published 17 months ago by allison schwager
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but barely any "re-watch" value
The movie has an original spin on the zombie genre, of which I am a huge fan of. It is a decent, but not great flick. Worth checking out if you are a Romero fan, for sure. Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. Finns
4.0 out of 5 stars It said night of the living dead so i bought it.
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 more
Published 17 months ago by Johnny5437
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
Synopsis : A group of people who meet at a horror movie convention soon become part of a real life horror movie themselves. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cyril J. Martinez
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy but.......
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 more
Published 19 months ago by JeffersonH
3.0 out of 5 stars YOU DON'T LIKE ROLE PLAY?
I love Sid Haig and zombie movies. I thought this would be a great film, but...

The best way to watch this film is not to read the title or any review. Read more
Published 20 months ago by The Movie Guy
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