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Red Cockroaches (2003)

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First of a Trilogy: In a New York ravaged with acid rains, a man in his twenties meets a mysterious, yet familiar young woman who disrupts the banality of his day-to-day existence. Together, they will embark on a surreal journey with a devastating climax.



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Adam Plotch ...
Adam Zarrasky
Talia Rubel ...
Lily Zarrasky
Diane Spodarek ...
Krista Zarrasky
Jeff Pucillo ...
Limor Shopen ...
Monica Zaister
Bill Harris
Doris, the baglady
Mariana Moratona ...
Drunk woman
Stephanie Sloane ...
Laura Zaister
Sarah Brensinger ...
Peter Brensinger ...
Evil boy
Ed Band ...
Stephanie Wang ...
Paul De Sousa ...
Bar manager
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Ilanit Benjamin ...
Girl by the sea


First of a Trilogy: In a New York ravaged with acid rains, a man in his twenties meets a mysterious, yet familiar young woman who disrupts the banality of his day-to-day existence. Together, they will embark on a surreal journey with a devastating climax.

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Lily Zarrasky: I do give a fuck, after all we both gave a fuck. All I wanna know is that you don't give a fuck about her anymore.
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Disgusting with or without insects
31 July 2007 | by (Olympia, WA) – See all my reviews

It's the future again and the world is screwed up again. It seems acid rain is mutating people and a company called DNA 21 is staging a cover-up, but none of that is really much in focus as the plot concerns an unattractive guy falling in love/lust with an unattractive girl. He lives in an apartment in NYC and become his new roommate. I've only just finished watching the movie and already I find it hard to talk about the plot because there pretty much isn't one. In short, "Red Cockroaches" is a zero budget sci-fi dystopian incest movie.

People have been making a lot of noise over the visuals in this film. What they actually added up to were a few futuristic aircraft tossed into shots of the city and a few badly staged shots of the mutated red cockroaches of the title. Special effects included the movie looked like crap. The fact that the film had no budget does not change the fact that the movie is ugly. I'll admit it looks a trifle better than a zero budget movie, but that's the same as saying the CG looks bad enough for an expensive movie of ten years earlier.

There is little to be said. The two leads are ugly and their characters behave in ugly ways. It isn't a profound tragedy and it doesn't really have any good dark humor. The "story"'s unpleasant resolution doesn't teach us anything new. Come to think of it I haven't been this hard up to say something nice about a movie since I saw Brian Yuzna's "Faust". Both are thorough-going cinematic sadism.

The DVD featured another short film from the director, Miguel Coyula. The short film is also poorly paced, unpleasant and pointless. Why this guy is making movies is beyond me. The package says this film is the winner of "20 film festival awards worldwide", which makes me wonder is that many film festivals give out a last place award. This whole review has sounded cruel and negative so I'll close on the same note and say I'd have been happier watching an Uwe Boll movie.

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