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Wednesday, July 10, 2013


A group of slackers face an army of zombies. The Cuban government and media claim the living dead are dissidents revolting against the government.

Director: Alejandro Brugués

Cast: Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Jorge Molina, Andrea Duro, Andros Perugorría

Release date: March 16, 2012 (USA)


Runtime: 1 hr. 32 min.

Genres: Comedy, Horror


Juan of the Dead is the kind of film that I kept hearing about but promptly forgot about. Thankfully, I had the good fortune to catch it playing on HBO Latin recently and was pleasantly surprised. I went into this film mostly blind since I vaguely remembered the trailer. I rather enjoyed its freewheeling gonzo type of filmmaking. It has a very Cuban feel to it, anti Castro satire is peppered throughout, mixed with Shaun of the Dead and even some Ghostbusters for good measure. It’s not nearly as polished as either of those films but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a lot of fun. The humor is vulgar and inconsistent but when it hits its mark it delivers some impressive laugh out loud moments. Alexis Díaz de Villegas, who looks like a Cuban John Turturro, is a capable lead throughout. Supporting characters kind of fall in and out of the plot so there’s not much development going on but for a film like this it’s not much of a detriment. There are some more glaring issues such as the non existent plot which changes course at a moments notice and some shoddy effects but none of it really kills the fun.



  1. I've heard of this one in passing but I've never made any effort to watch it!

    I will have to see if I can pick up a cheap copy

    It sounds fun (in parts!)

    K :-)

    1. It is fun, the wife who had no interest in it ended up laughing more than I did. I can't protest to say I made a huge effort, I was just randomly looking through the listings and saw it was about to start, voilà!

  2. Cool review, Daniel. This came almost out of nowhere and really surprised me. My expectations were very low since I've seen way too many bad zomedies over the last years, but I ended up enjoying a lot.

    1. I came into it zero reviews, just a vague recollection about it being a Cuban Zombie flick. It really surprised us as well, really enjoyed it.

  3. Definitely a serious lack of plot. But the characters are pretty likable, and that's generally what sells me on these. I actually am going to post about this one next!

    Great review, man.

    1. Thanks Kev! It really doesn't have much of plot does it, just kind of a need to put the characters in the situation.


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