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Red Cockroaches

Undeniably inventive, visually stunning sci-fier, made for a reputed $2,000, reps a triumph of technology in the hands of a visionary, Miguel Coyula. Helmer-scripter-lenser-editor-composer creates a rancid world where the rain is acidic and cockroaches glow red. Specialized handling could build strong underground interest in DVD release.

An undeniably inventive, visually stunning sci-fier, made for a reputed $2,000, “Red Cockroaches” reps a triumph of technology in the hands of a visionary with know-how, Miguel Coyula. Combining disorienting f/x with subtle in-computer adjustments to color and lighting accompanied by a minimalist but spookily evocative score, helmer-scripter-lenser-editor-composer Miguel Coyula creates an uncomfortably rancid world where the rain is acidic and cockroaches glow red. Specialized handling, perhaps Net-generated, could build strong underground interest in eventual DVD release.

Pic swims in an atmosphere of unsavory mystery: A long-dead sister inexplicably turns up on a subway platform only to later engage in graphic ketchup-smeared incest with hero/brother (Adam Plotch, who could give Peter Lorre’s Raskolnikov lessons in Dostoyevskian peculiarity). Eros and Thanatos take turns supplying plot-twists as characters copulate, visit mommy or commit murder against ravishing backdrops in lurid monochromes or glowering black-and-white. In a future of “Blade Runner”-like bleakness, electronic signs flash ads for DNA-21, layers of wraith-like mist float through the atmosphere and television newscasters report child abductions and warn of mutant species. Tech credits are unique.

Red Cockroaches

U.S.-Cuba

  • Production: A Piramide production. Produced by Miguel Coyula. Executive producers, Suzana Dejkanovic, Steve Pieczenik, Adam Plotch. Directed, written, edited by Miguel Coyula.
  • Crew: Camera (color and B&W, DV), Coyula; music, Coyula. Reviewed on videocassette at Havana Film Festival in New York, April 30, 2004. Running time: 82 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Adam Plotch, Talia Rubel, Diane Spodarek, Jeff Pucillo, Limor Shopen.
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