Juan of the Dead


Juan of the Dead

Critics Consensus

Filled with wild splatter slapstick, Juan of the Dead also deftly uses its zombie premise as an undead Trojan horse for insightful political commentary.



Total Count: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 1,336
User image

Watch it now

Juan of the Dead Photos

Movie Info

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


Critic Reviews for Juan of the Dead

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (4)

  • 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.

    May 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Rum zombie flick blends hit-and-miss buddy comedy with slyly subversive political commentary.

    May 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    May 3, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    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.

    Mar 8, 2012 | Rating: 3/4
  • The visually arresting bleached browns of Havana form a perfect backdrop for the liberal dousing of blood and severed limbs, whilst the plethora of set-piece deaths appear fresh in their originality.

    Jan 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Polished and heartfelt, Juan brings a new voice in genre filmmaking from a land hamstrung by politics for decades.

    Nov 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Juan of the Dead

  • Aug 02, 2017
    Remember Shawn of the Dead? Of course you do, you zombie film enthusiast you, and so did the makers of this Cuban export that freely cribs all that it can from that seminal work. And they nearly get it. Missed it by that much. Still, a zombie parody film, only there's not a scare in the whole thing. Not one. Just guys running around and killing zombies, making with the snappy repartee (in Spanish, natch) but with hardly a single threat. The monsters might've been mannequins for all their danger.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2013
    A Cuban parody of Shaun of the Dead. I like the TV series, "The Walking Dead" but this movie didn't make me laugh.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2012
    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 S Super Reviewer

Juan of the Dead Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features