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Juan of the Dead (2011)

Juan de los muertos (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Horror | 13 January 2012 (Spain)
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A group of slackers face an army of zombies. The Cuban government and media claim the living dead are dissidents revolting against the government.

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Alejandro Brugués
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8 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Díaz de Villegas ... Juan
Jorge Molina Jorge Molina ... Lázaro
Andros Perugorría Andros Perugorría ... Vladi
Andrea Duro ... Camila
Jazz Vilá ... La China
Eliecer Ramírez Eliecer Ramírez ... El Primo
Blanca Rosa Blanco Blanca Rosa Blanco ... Sara
Susana Pous Susana Pous ... Lucía
Antonio Dechent ... Padre Jones
Eslinda Núñez Eslinda Núñez ... Berta
Elsa Camp Elsa Camp ... Yiya
Pablo Alexandro González Ramy Pablo Alexandro González Ramy ... El Niño
Juan Miguel Mas Juan Miguel Mas ... Mario
Argelio Sosa Argelio Sosa ... Rogelio
Marisol Egurrola Marisol Egurrola ... Abuela Amurrada
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Storyline

Juan is a slacker trying to reconnect with his daughter, who plans to rejoin her mother in Miami. Lazaro, Juan's friend, is trying to connect with his own son, a persistent womanizer. They begin to notice that locals are "going crazy", killing people and eating their flesh, and the recently deceased are returning to life. The Cuban government and the media claim that the zombies are dissidents revolting against the government. Juan starts a business to profit off of killing the zombies, but the group may soon find their own lives at risk. Written by Anonymous

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50 years after the Cuban Revolution, a new Revolution is about to begin. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | Cuba

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

13 January 2012 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Juan of the Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,007, 18 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,005, 18 March 2012
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film made with the support of the Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematográficas - Icaic, Canal Sur, Televisión Española and with the collaboration of Junta de Andalucía, Ibermedia, Cinergia and Universidad De Guadalajara. See more »

Quotes

Juan: [answering phone] Juan of the dead, we kill your beloved ones, how can I help you?
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Crazy Credits

We see Juan fighting zombies on the dock, except that it's animated to look like a graphic novel. See more »

Connections

Featured in Midnight Movie Review: The Night of Terror 2012 (2012) See more »

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Funka Dieciseis
Written by Sergio Valdes
Performed by Sergio Valdes and Los Fantasmas de Elevense
Courtesy of Sergio Valdes
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Outstanding achievement
17 June 2012 | by abisioSee all my reviews

The Cuban / Spanish production "Juan de los Muertos" is one of those pleasant surprises every day more difficult to find in the entertainment world. For those familiar with the Cuban regime and people, the movie is a very hard critic to both. In fact it seems the movie was only show on cinema festival but was never released in Cuba. For the rest, this is "SHAWN OF THE DEAD" style comedy / satire with some elaborated special effects and surprising production and technical values. Without any explanation Zombies appears in La Habana, Cuba and start eating people. Juan, a lazy fisherman; a "survivor" on his own words finds a way to make money, charging people to kill next of kin that became undead. With the help of his best friend and son, his daughter and a gay couple start a business called "JUAN DE LOS MUERTOS" or "JUAN OF THE DEAD". Obviously things get more complicated than them or the Cuban government expect. The language could be a limitation for not Spanish speakers; some puns are almost impossible to translate; even worse not knowing Cuban idiosyncrasy. In one of the most celebrated jokes, Juan is asked to kill a cow but he refuses because it is too dangerous. In Cuba killing a cow is worse crime than killing people. The other problem with the movie is that attempting to mock every dramatic cliché in movies (like daughter hating father, friend about to die, farewell , even MATRIX style fights) drags the pace down for some moments. Behind the comedy there is serious critic to the Cuban regime (the zombies are call "DISSIDENTS" , the news are always accusing USA of an attack and stating that everything is controlled even when nothing is being done). However the worst criticism goes to the Cuban society main defects; their selfishness (nobody helps anybody and less for free), their arrogance ("we are invincible" is stated many times), laziness and lack of interest in fighting (let's take a boat and move to Miami seems to be the only solution). In brief; if you are Cuban or with Latin roots; you must see it; if you are not, give it a try; will not be disappointed.


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