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."
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.
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.
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.
OTT, Daft, Crazy, Fun. All these words should be on the poster.
Cuban Zombie Crisis leads Jaun and his friends to start a zombie killing business while they decide whether to fleee to Miami.
Not only does this movie have an awesome title, but it's hilarious as well. As far as zombie movies go this is one of the good ones. Juan of the Dead is rightfully epic and is pretty damn good!
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…
"Heel veel nieuws heeft ‘Juan of the Dead’ voor de doorgewinterde fan van het zombiegenre niet te bieden, maar het is wel een leuke en frisse aanvulling op het genre. Door het lekker vlotte tempo en de vermakelijke dialogen is het een film die zelden verveelt en zowel smakelijk als humorvol kijkvoer vormt voor de ware connaisseur."
Calling it the Cuban, 'Shaun of the Dead' is a bit of a cop-out, but is honestly not too far off. Especially with the friendship and resulting exchanges between Juan and his best friend during the movie. It is definitely worth a watch. I almost wish my Spanish was fluent instead of almost non-existent, so I could watch it without subtitles.
Good but the ending was a little lengthy and confusing.
Interesting setting (Cuba), social satire (Cuba) and a certain mad energy (Cuba) sadly can't save this badly stitched together series of sloppy zombie gags. A shame – with a tight script and a less silliness this could have been a stand-out walking dead film.
Uno de esos títulos sobrevalorados por críticos normalmente ajenos al género, que tienden a despreciarlo cuando este se presenta en su forma más pura pero que, irónicamente, parecen descubrirlo y celebrarlo cada vez que se mezcla con tintes políticos y/o viene de cinematografías aisladas y tercermundistas. Todo esto se da cita en "Juan de los muertos" (Alejandro Brugués, 2011), comedia coproducida entre Cuba y España en la que se traza un burdo paralelismo entre los disidentes de la resistencia cubana y los muertos vivientes, con un grupo de peculiares personajes intentando sobrevivir a una epidemia que creen provocada por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Pese a que muchos de sus gags funcionan bien y a que durante sus primeros…
In this pretty genius Cuban-Spanish co-production, Juan's side-business of killing zombies for cash is meant to evoke the tradition of Cuba's historic revolutionaries. The protagonist trains a cohort of zombie-killers as a type of guerrilla-cell; his motivating speeches allude to his exemplary sacrifices as a soldier in Angola; he slaughters zombies against the backdrop of the cityscape's Che-icons and revolutionary slogans. However, Cuban revolutionariness is ironized throughout—with the "patria o muerte" slogan taking on a double meaning when Juan is fighting against hordes of very "muerto" zombies.
We've seen it before, but this time we get a Cuban flavor. Kind of bland.
When the dead start to walk again, Juan and his slacker buddies decide to go into business cleaning up the zombies for a price.......
This Cuban zombie flick is part Shaun of the Dead part Ghostbusters. And yes it's very silly. It's played mostly for laughs as the zombies for the most part offer little threat . There was some very inventive zombie kills but the use of CGI was a bit off putting.
Maybe I have seen to many zombie films recently, because I am getting slightly bored of zombies . Still this was good