MIMIC Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam, Charles S. Dutton (1997, Dimension, R, $103.99) A nicely unsettling entry in the New Dread, at least until the monster-movie cliches take over. The first Hollywood film from Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro (Cronos) is a squirmathon from the jittery opening titles (ripped off from Seven, but they still work) to the unfathomably creepy premise: Entomologist Sorvino releases genetically engineered cockroaches to combat a plague; three years later, they’re human-size and taking over New York’s subways. Northam (Emma) is forgettable as a love interest/fellow bug swatter, and Marco Beltrami’s score seems to have wandered in from an Italian splatter film. The movie’s signal image, though, will rattle you for days: a tall, silent figure in the shadows whose face, you suddenly realize, is a pattern on carapace. B-

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