Saturday, April 6, 2024

Cool Projects 44

 So, I've been fortunate enough lately to have studios and filmmakers send me films to screen and review, and though I'm not the best reviewer, I appreciate the opportunity, and chance to grow my "reviewing chops".  I'd love to check out and review your films (time permitting), so keep sending them. If you have a movie you want me to check out and cover here, and maybe on The Steve & Crypto Show, reach out. 

With that said, here on Cool Project 44, I'm doing a mini review for a, new indie horror film from an up and coming director..Lets go!

Lets dig in to Cocaine Roach, from filmmaker Robert Parham.

If you thought the drugged and intoxicated animal craze in indie horror was done, think again. Jersey filmmaker, Robert Parham, brings us a whole new take on the sub-genre, that lives on like....well...roaches. 

Cocaine Roach follows two friends in need of a few bucks, so they agree to deliver a parcel to a safe house. "Not just any parcel", but one with multiple kilos of cocaine, delivered to "not just any house", but one with a cockroach infestation...And these critters have a taste for that booger sugar (when's the last time someone said "booger sugar" in a review?). Chaos and hilarity ensues when the drugged up bugs go on a murderous rampage, and start taking out the dealers. Sound fun enough for ya? 

Silliness aside, Cocaine Roach delivers where a lot of the "high animal" stories don't. The film is more than just a gimmick. There are some really dramatic relationship issues that need resolving, and the classic enemies overcoming differences to provide strength in numbers against the pesky roaches, providing some solid underlying storytelling. You can take away the cocaine roaches, and there's still a solid story here. 

Though there are a lot of restraints, particularly budget wise, Parham tells a solid story, that personally, I'd say is worth checking out. He works really well within his means to make this work, when it probably shouldn't.  

I saw an unfinished cut, but feel once its cleaned up and gets to distribution, people that aren't afraid to take a chance, and aren't afraid of roaches, will find Cocaine Roach entertaining.

Keep up on the latest details about the Cocaine Roach release and more at

Keep the movies coming. If you have a film (extra points if its in the horror genre), and would like us to cover it, drop me a line at Just a heads up, people put a lot of heart and soul into their work, and that I don't like trashing peoples art, so if you send something and I don't like it, or think its bad, I won't post negative stuff. I'll just skip reviewing it publicly, but will gladly give you private critique. 

Besides this site, I dabble in voice acting/voiceover work, regularly contribute to genre magazines, and am best known for co-hosting a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award Nominated podcast called the Steve & Crypto Show. We cover pop culture and horror, with an emphasis on promoting and supporting creators, whether you're making movies, comic books, art, or anything else that pertains to horror, pop culture, and nerdy stuff! 

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