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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 kill your loved ones."
Film #90 of Make me watch your favourite.
Recommended by Valdesbian.
Socialism vs the Undead.
A rogue harpoonist.
Undead salsa dancing.
The most hilarious sitting-naked-in-a-car-chained-to-each-other scene you'll ever see.
Coolest DIY amphibian vehicle ever.
Hairy Cuban balls.
Yeah, you kinda need to watch this.
Can't remember who's review I saw now but it was enough to make me watch this. Juan of the Dead is a Spanish-Cuban zombie comedy horror based in the Cuban city of Havana and is directed by Alejandro Brugués.
Juan is a bit of a lowlife criminal making a living in Havana. A zombie epidemic suddenly starts and spreads quickly. Juan decides that he can make money from this and starts his own business called Juan of the Dead, charging people for killing their infected loved ones. As the film progresses, most of the city eventually becomes infected and Juan and his band decide to find a way to leave Havana.
The movie mainly impressed me with some good accomplished…
A zombie flick where the humans do more repulsive things than the zombies do!
I think the biggest plus was the fact its a Cuban film in the 1st place! That's pretty impressive especially considering all the jabs the film takes at the Cuban government!
Interesting, mildly funny and I look forward to future Cuban contributions to the film industry!
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.
Juan of the Dead is impressive given how effectively it uses its budget and setting. The film is unashamedly silly and has more than a few completely hilarious scenes. Despite being short, it manages to outstay its welcome as it has a very brisk opening and then plateaus - it can't keep up the energy in the second half. Still very much a must-see if you love the zombie genre or enjoy Shaun of the Dead.
"Juan of the Dead, we kill your loved ones. How can I help you?"
"Juan de los muertos, matamos a sus seres queridos ¿en qué puedo ayudarle?"
Una de las cosas más bonitas y menos explotadas del fenómeno zombie es su universalidad y su posibilidad de llegar a todo el mundo (no solo de invasiones de muertos vivientes en pueblos perdidos de Estados Unidos vive el género, aunque a veces lo parezca). Valorar y traer a la palestra esto es uno de los puntos a favor que tiene Juan De Los Muertos; cuando un epidemia de resucitados infesta La Habana, nada puede salir mal.
Y es que si eres un zarrapastroso muerto de hambre que no tiene mucho por lo que vivir, un holocausto zombie solo puede hacerte mejorar. Que se lo pregunten a…
Juan (Alexis Diaz de Villegas) is a Cuban with a bit of a charmed life. Okay, so he may not have a stable family life, immense riches or respect from others. He has his good friend Lazaro (Jorge Molina) and plenty of alcohol. Oh, and he seems to have a fairly active love life. When Cuba finds itself in the middle of an epidemic of “dissident activity” (that’s zombie-itis to you and I) it actually turns out to be advantageous to Juan and company. “Juan Of The Dead” will take care of your loved ones for you and get the undead to become dead again.
Writer/director Alejandro Brugues has somehow managed to create the best Cuban zombie comedy that I’ve…
I ended up watching Juan with the English dub audio because the original audio had some odd echo effect going on. I think it took away from the film as the dub was bad, real bad.
Otherwise, like most of my three star rated movies, it seemed it could have been so much better if has less cliche and just reached out a little bit more. However, it did have some original scenes that gave me a chuckle.
“Juan of the Dead” ist ein gelungener Film. Kuba ist zwar jetzt nicht das Land, aus dem man einen Zombiefilm erwartet, aber alleine das Regisseur Alejandro Brugués genau dieses Thema wählt, spricht dafür, dass Zombies halt Zuschauer anziehen.
Doch halt! “Juan of the Dead” ist mehr als ein plumper Zombiefilm aus einem Land, aus dem man sonst kaum Filme zu Gesicht bekommt. Vielmehr ist der Film eine Kritik am diktatorischen Regimes eines Landes, dass vor allem für seinen Rum und seine Zigarren bekannt ist. Kritik an einem Land, dass auch gut 50 Jahre nach der großen Revolution immer noch im Clinch mit den vereinigten Staaten liegt. Und wie könnte man Kritik besser verpassen ohne den Machthabern und Systemsympathisanten direkt vor…
30 Countries 30 Days #16: Cuba
While the title obviously invites comparisons to Shaun of the Dead, this Cuban zombie comedy-horror is packed with references and thievery from all over the place - even including a shark vs zombie moment that MUST be a Zombie Flesh Eaters nod - and weirdly the end result actually most closely resembles Dead Snow 2 (despite pre-dating it), with some impressively insane action, decent acting, fun characters... and some disappointingly regressive humour.
I'm assuming this didn't have a huge budget (there are a few CGI scenes that veer into extremely dodgy territory) but it does an excellent job of the large-scale devastation that I always enjoy in a zombie film. The action scenes are the highlight though - impressively inventive kills that had me laughing out loud in places. Much better than I expected!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
While trying to reconcile differences with his daughter, slacker Juan (Alexis Díaz de Villegas) and his oddball friends start noticing that many of the locals at street level are acting strangely – shuffling around the place, biting each other, making weird groaning sounds – but don’t think too much of it. The media and government are reporting these incidents as dissidents, controlled by American interests, that are trying to infiltrate the Cuban way of life. It turns out there are zombies everywhere.
Normally short of cash, Juan soon comes up with the idea of starting his own business with his mates to kill recently dead loved ones so their relatives don’t have to go through the trauma of having to…
Unique to see a zombie film in Havana. Very well-made and as fresh as a zombie flick can be in 2015. Some of the humor strikes me as oddly pitched, which is likely accounted for by cultural differences.
cf. Plaga Zombie: Zona Mutante
Comédia em que zumbis (ou melhor, anarco-dissidentes) invadem Havana e a única saída é ... fugir de barco pra Miami ! A premissa é muito boa, e algumas tiradas de subtexto político são hilárias, apesar do filme ser meio irregular em quase todos os outros aspectos.
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