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Red Cockroaches (2003)

Unrated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | 22 April 2004 (USA)
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.


Miguel Coyula


Miguel Coyula

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Credited cast:
Adam Plotch Adam Plotch ... Adam Zarrasky
Talia Rubel Talia Rubel ... Lily Zarrasky
Diane Spodarek Diane Spodarek ... Krista Zarrasky
Jeff Pucillo Jeff Pucillo ... Nick
Limor Shopen Limor Shopen ... Monica Zaister
Stu Richel ... Bill Harris
Leila J. Babson ... Doris, the baglady
Mariana Moratona Mariana Moratona ... Drunk woman
Stephanie Sloane Stephanie Sloane ... Laura Zaister
Sarah Brensinger Sarah Brensinger ... Alice
Peter Brensinger Peter Brensinger ... Evil boy
Ed Band Ed Band ... Priest
Stephanie Wang Stephanie Wang ... Reporter#2
Paul De Sousa ... Bar manager
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ilanit Benjamin 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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Love is relative


Drama | Sci-Fi


Unrated | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

22 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cucarachas rojas See more »


Box Office


$2,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original script was about ten pages longer than the one used in the final version of the film. Those additional scenes were actually all shot (although almost none were edited). The excised scenes were not interspersed throughout the film; rather, they all appeared after the action that closes the final scene in the final iteration of the film. The director edited the film sequentially and decided an open ending will be more suggestive for the surreal atmosphere he intended than the more conventional resolution he had scripted. See more »


Bill Harris: I was imagining what you'd look like sitting on my face without your panties...
Lily Zarrasky: Well, I'd be happy to cut off your breathing.
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Alternate Versions

An 84-minute early version was exhibited in October 2003 at the Almacen de la Imagen Film festival, in Cuba. In this version the Ferris wheel scene is longer, and there is an additional scene of Adam and Lily engaged in sexual foreplay before the Zoo scene. See more »


References Blade Runner (1982) See more »

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18 December 2004 | by dennis70See all my reviews

While certainly not for mainstream tastes, this feature debut by Miguel Coyula is outstanding from almost every point of view. Forget the $2000 budget. I really don't care when filmmakers say "Oh I had a very small budget, so please excuse the poor quality of my film" Not the case here. The filmmaker has created a strange menacing cinematic world saturated with lurid colours and moody soundtrack.

Of course, this alone wouldn't be enough to sustain a movie. The story deals with a convoluted case of incest. It is essentially a movie that manages to turn a disturbing story into a fascinating (and even erotic) study of the human psyche. The influence of David Lynch is obvious as it is full of moments of "high weirdness" but Coyula's vision and sensibilities are unique. I'm sure he'll make great films in the future (that is if he's not seduced by Hollywood).

A must see if you are into "strange" films. Many will leave the theatre wondering what the hell happened but I can assure you it wont leave you indifferent.

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