Juan of the Dead (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Juan of the Dead
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.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Juan of the Dead
This is all because of the expired drugs they give away. In Cuba a zombie outbreak starts plaguing the nation and killing everyone. A group of lazy citizens bond together and to try to find a way to survive. They will encounter several other citizens who have found a way to survive, some by more practical methods than others. They are led by a man named Juan who wants nothing more than to protect his daughter. Can Juan lead his friends to safety? "What's a sodomite?" "A chemical substance." Alejandro Brugues, director of Personal Belongings and a segment of ABCSs of Death 2, delivers Juan of the Dead. The storyline for this picture is a nice blend of comedic content with some cool zombie kill scenes. The special effects of the zombies are nothing special, but the execution of the zombies is gory and interesting. The acting is mediocre and a step down from Shaun of the Dead. "When he told me...I had to touch myself." This was a movie that really grabbed my attention a few years ago and I was excited to see on HBOGO. It is just an average film but better than average due to a nice zombie feel with some originality. I would only recommend this to diehard zombie/horror fans, but it is an above average addition to the genre. "Would you let me give you a blowjob?" Grade: C+
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!
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