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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
Art House & International , Comedy , Horror
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Jorge Molina
as Lazaro
Andrea Duro
as Camila
Andros Perugorría
as Vladi California
Jazz Vila
as La China
Eliecer Ramirez
as El Primo
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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
Top Critic

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.

March 8, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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

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
We Got This Covered

This zombie revolucion takes aim at our funny bone and the damage done by the Castro regime.

Full Review… | September 1, 2012
Big Hollywood

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+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins


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Directors Cat

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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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