Juan of the Dead (2012)
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Juan is 40 years old, most of which he spent in Cuba doing absolutely nothing. Juan's only emotional tie is his daughter, Camila, a beautiful young girl that doesn't want anything to do with her father because the only thing he's good at is getting into trouble. Suddenly some strange things start to happen, people are turning violent attacking one to the other. Juan was first convinced it's just another stage of the Revolution. Little by little Juan and his friends start to realize that the attackers are not normal human beings and that killing them is quite a difficult task. They're not vampires, they're not possesed, but they're definitely not dissidents; a simple bite turns the victim into other violent killing machine and the only way to beat them is destroying their brains. Juan decides that the best way of facing the situation is making some money out of it..... -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Juan of the Dead
A silly and occasionally creepy zombie movie, but one that also dares to have a brain...
Not only is this movie funnier than "Shawn of the Dead", its obvious inspiration, it is proof that Cuba is not a totalitarian dungeon.
Sure, some of the socialist humor and Cuban culture may be lost on American viewers, but the film is still a ton of fun.
This zombie revolucion takes aim at our funny bone and the damage done by the Castro regime.
The story is a bit choppy from the middle to the end. But, hardcore zombie fans can be very forgiving. And, for them, "Juan of the Dead" might just be worth the time. The ending is clever and upbeat. Not too bad.
A very broad and exceedingly splattery mash-up of horror, comedy, and mild social commentary.
A little too slight to fill out a feature-length run time, yet it's spunky enough to entertain and occasionally horrify, though it's not always the zombies that induce the most revulsion.
Juan of The Dead is rough and ready, the effects are a little shoddy, the comedy is broad and sometimes homophobic but there are just enough whimsical moments and deadpan hilarity to make it worthwhile.
[C]learly wants to invoke motifs of revolution rocking the status quo and of how people cope under the most extreme expressions of communist... but the humor falls flat -- waaaay flat -- for anyone not Cuban, or not at least familiar with life in Cuba...
This wacky zombie comedy exploits to the full this genre's juicy potential for satire: a more solemn kind of movie maybe couldn't get away with being quite as irreverent about the Castro government.
Rum zombie flick blends hit-and-miss buddy comedy with slyly subversive political commentary.
The 'Evil Dead' and Romero nods are fun, but characters appear for no reason and are bumped off without warning; there's just not enough flesh on these funny bones.
It's good day-glo fun with a satirical edge whose playfulness never allows proceedings to get too earnest.
If it's not too late in the day for yet another zombie movie, this has enough small pleasures - especially in the lead characterisations - to make it a worthwhile watch for a) Cuban exiles and b) long-term zombie completists.
As a zombie picture, Juan of the Dead is merely OK. But as a satirical comedy of life in Cuba under Castro, it totally kills - and keeps coming back for more.
Audience Reviews for Juan of the Dead
This is the Cuban (!) response to Britain's Shaun of the Dead: A zombie comedy. Of course they do not reinvent the wheel with the plot and the elements are the usual ones you'd also see in a students horror productions, but the setting and the feel of it all is so different that the film works for most parts. There are quite a few genuinely funny scenes, lots of splatter and the usual parade of everyday characters: the fat, disgusting sidekick, the gorgeous kick-ass daughter, the womanizer son, but also: the drag queen and her muscle man who can't see blood. The make-up effects are quite decent for an indie production, the computer effects on the other hand look a bit cheap. Given the film's heritage it may not be surprising that there's quite a bit of commentary on Cuba, the USA, capitalism etc. if you are reading between the lines. The film decides to make fun of all sides. Overall pretty amusing, even if sometimes a bit amateurish. For fans of the genre.More
As a Cuban version of 'Shaun of the Dead' this has a lot to compete with and if it doesn't hit the heights of that horror-comedy classic (or for that matter 'Zombieland') there is still a lot to enjoy here. The main group of 'heroes' are a lot less likeable than their British and American counterparts but the film makes it clear that life in Cuba under Castro's regime has hardened these people and sentimentality and compassion for your fellow man is a thing of the past. The fact that by the end of the film the main character has found his heart is perhaps predictable but still satisyfing. Laugh out loud moments include Juan's best friend and his haphazard way of firing his harpoon gun at the wrong moments, a bodybuilder who keeps fainting at the sight of blood so has to wear a blindfold when fighting and a novel way of decapitation that I imagine is similar to the way people produce crop-circles!More
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