Juan of the Dead (2012)

Juan of the Dead

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Horror, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alejandro Brugués
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On DVD: Aug 14, 2012
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Critic Reviews for Juan of the Dead

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Miami Herald
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Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Miami Herald
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A silly and occasionally creepy zombie movie, but one that also dares to have a brain...

Full Review… | November 12, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Not only is this movie funnier than "Shawn of the Dead", its obvious inspiration, it is proof that Cuba is not a totalitarian dungeon.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Sure, some of the socialist humor and Cuban culture may be lost on American viewers, but the film is still a ton of fun.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Juan of the Dead

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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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.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

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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!

David Sayers
David Sayers

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