Mostly, the effectiveness of Mimic is due to Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro, who has since gone onto become a major horror/fantasy director. [Mimic was only Guillermo Del Toros second film after the acclaimed vampire film Cronos (1993)]. The film comes with a nicely subdued quietude. When it comes to the sequences in the tunnels, Del Toro keeps the suspense taut. Although, one thing you keep thinking is that ten years ago, Mimic would have been made on a B-budget the $60 odd million it is here would have been unthinkable back then. Mira Sorvino, a screamingly funny delight in Woody Allens Mighty Aphrodite (1995), makes disappointingly negligible impact in a role that could have been played by anybody.
There were two video-released sequels Mimic 2 (2001) and Mimic: Sentinel (2003).
Guillermo Del Toro would go onto direct the worthwhile likes of the Spanish Civil War ghost story The Devils Backbone (2001), the exhilarating vampire action film Blade II (2002), the graphic novel adaptation Hellboy (2004), the critically acclaimed fantasy film Pans Labyrinth (2006), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), the giant robot film Pacific Rim (2013), the ghost story Crimson Peak (2015) and The Shape of Water (2017). He also co-writes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
The script comes from Matthew Robbins, who with his writing partner Hal Barwood had made several fine genre films Dragonslayer (1981) and the cute UFO film Batteries Not Included (1987), and to write the zombie film Warning Sign (1985) and the Guillermo Del Toro films Dont Be Afraid of the Dark (2011) and Crimson Peak (2015).
(Nominee for Best Makeup Effects at this sites Best of 1997 Awards).