Juan of the Dead
50 years after the Cuban Revolution, a new Revolution is about to begin.
While Havana is full of zombies hungry for human flesh, official media reported that the disturbances are caused by dissidents paid by the United States. Panic seizes all until Juan comes to the rescue: he discovers he can kill the undead destroying his brain, and decides to start a small business under the slogan "We killed their loved ones."
As I sit here in Florida, staring out at the ocean, I find myself reflecting on lots of things. But I also think about the country that is a few hour boat ride away from here.
Of course this country has had its fair share of difficulties and unsavory history. Today Cuba is still a lot different than many societies which makes films like these very easy to enjoy. It's almost like they made this film so everyone could heave a big sigh of relief and confirm that Cuba is slowly but surely moving away from its hostile reputation. Juan of the Dead is basically (if…
Is this basically a Cuban Shaun of the Dead?
Sorta. It is about a scrawny guy and a chunky guy fighting zombies.
Does that mean it's bad?
Not at all. It's actually fun as hell. Aside from some slightly vague likeness to Shaun, it's pretty original and creative not only in it's comedy but it's zombie kills.
Don't expect it to be better than Shaun, but it's still a hilarious zombie flick with plenty of laughs and full of heart. Hell, if Shaun wasn't so good, I'd say this was the best zombie-comedy I've ever seen.
30 Countries Challenge // #25 - Cuba
There is nothing subtle about Juan of the Dead - it just does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a stupid zombie comedy that is very funny and incredibly entertaining.
The plot is: Juan is a slacker. Zombies attack for no reason. Juan and his slacker friend track down the woman he loves the most, killing zombies in ridiculous ways on route. Okay, that does sound familiar to another zombie comedy doesn't it? Nevertheless, Juan is a good film on its own merits without having to be compared to anything else. It's not like there's much originality left in the zombie genre anyway these days.
I'm not sure what much else I can say. Basically, if it sounds like the kind of thing you think you'll enjoy, then it is.
When the dead start rising in the Cuban capital, Juan and his friends seize the opportunity to make some money. They set up a business killing off the zombified loved-ones of citizens as the outbreak escalates around them.
I was pleasantly surprised by this Cuban zombie-comedy.
Reading subtitles isn't the ideal way to appreciate humour, but thankfully a lot of the comedy was visual. There were plenty of misses and some of the gags were immature, but there were some genuinely hilarious moments and some great zombie kills.
I'm a sucker for large zombie crowd-scenes and Juan of the Dead had a few. The film never took itself too seriously and the beautiful backdrop of Havana made for a refreshingly picturesque zombie-apocolypse.
Good fun if you like a bit of undead action.
Horror comedy ain't easy, but when done right it works so wonderfully well. Juan of the Dead proves both parts of that statement, its failures often showing the pitfalls of the genre hybrid, its peaks (more often) attesting the great things therein to be had. It's a film at its best when unafraid to take its characters in shockingly amoral directions: a makeshift posse who charge people to have their zombified loved ones killed, Juan and company at one point leave an old man to the horde so that they can use his wheelchair to transport their beer. It's such audacious humour that allows the film's satirical social comment to be passed; this is hardly…
A good solid zombie movie and probably the best I've seen a while, there are some genuine laugh out loud moments!
Juan has some amazing facial expressions.
A refreshing take on the zombie genre, Juan of the Dead negates the well tread blood and guts route of most low budget zombie films, and aims for something a bit more substantial.
The film manages to entertain whilst also being a shrewd critique of its own culture and the socialist regime that dictates the actions of the masses.
On a lighter note, the action scenes are decent, and there's plenty of humour too. Juan, despite being lazy and self serving is a very likeable character and even though the film serves up the occasional cliche, it doesnt get bogged down in melodrama or mawkishness.
As a character who has struggled to make a living all his life in a…
The Cuban answer to Shaun Of The Dead with some very funny lines, let down by some dodgy CGI but overall a solid zombie comedy flick.
I think Alejandro Brugués' horror comedy Juan of the Dead is a Spanish made film set in Cuba, rather than a Spanish/Cuban film? Either way, it centres on its titular character Juan and his pals in Cuba who are at the centre of a zombie (dissidents!) outbreak.
Obviously, as you might assume from the title, it doesn't take itself very seriously at all. There is way more comedy than an outright gore-fest levels of horror. But that doesn't stop it from having some rather creative scenes and ideas. I won't list them individually so's not to spoil anything, but there are times that even compared to much superior films in the genre like Shaun of the Dead or Braindead, it…
First and foremost an enthusiastically entertaining riff on zombie films, capturing the spirit of Romero's Dead films while layering on a frenetic sense of humour without undermining the dread or tension present in Romero's greatest entries in the genre. The film also succeeds in adding a layer of potent political commentary without coming off as didactic or pro-forma, although as an outsider it is somewhat difficult to gauge how much of this commentary would play for a Cuban audience.
While the film does eventually build up a slight emotional core (particularly in the relationship between Juan and Lazaro as well as Juan's patriotism) it is mainly carried along on the strength of its clearly defined characters which are, albeit somewhat…
Tiene algunos momentos graciosos, pero como peli de zombies es un poco floja.
This Cuban Shaun of the Dead isn't nearly as good as Shaun of the Dead, but it's better than Zombieland, and probably better than World War Z. It also has a surprising number of political jabs and is a generally self-aware and humorous zombie flick with colorful characters, if that's your thing.
A very funny and thrilling zombie comedy about a slacker trying to fight off zombies with friends and family in Havana, Cuba as it is truly one of the most creative zombie films ever made.
This was a film I intended to watch for Halloween last year but ran out of time. It made it onto this year's schedule by virtue of being on Lovefilm Instant. It's a decent enough take on the zombie myth. Like Shaun of the Dead with rum instead of beer, paddles instead of cricket bats and a laid back Cuban approach to business. The social commentary comes in the form of criticisms of communism, which are not veiled in the slightest but it's interesting they refer to the zombies as "dissidents". The film is structured like most zombie films but it does have some wonderfully creative kill scenes, funny running gags and tongue firmly implanted in cheek. Well worth a gander.
Solid zombie comedy from an unexpected source. Though it serves up many of the zombie movie tropes familiar from many films, just the change of location to somewhere original makes all the difference. Cuba is an interesting place with a colourful history and the socialist themes and language make this feel like a really original entry to the genre even if its not actually that original.
Kudos definitely goes to the director for some really good camerawork, in fact I'd say visually this goes way beyond what I would have expected for Cuba's first horror movie, its slick and well edited. Its not overly gory but the gore is used well where needed and the characters are not caricatures but…