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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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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 »

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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:

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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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1.85 : 1
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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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We see Juan fighting zombies on the dock, except that it's animated to look like a graphic novel. See more »

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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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Ella Me Quiere Matar
Written by Pedro Camacho y El Clan
Courtesy of Ahi na ma music
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Cuban Zombies on the loose!
2 January 2012 | by ZombiGurlSee all my reviews

Juan of the Dead is the first Cuban Zombie movie ever made. Juan and his friend, Lazaro, wake up one morning to a Zombie invasion in Havana. The Cuban government is reporting that the Zombie outbreak is "Americans trying to undermine the Cuban government". Obviously poking fun at the Cuban's political propaganda.

Juan and his friends decide that they can make a successful small business by killing and disposing of Zombies. For a small fee Juan can dispose of your unwanted loved ones for you. So an unlikely bunch of heroes come together and arm themselves to rid the city of Zombies for a profit.

What makes this movie special is that you get a real up close and personal view of what it is like to live in Havana under the Communist Regime. The scenery is beautiful and sad at the same time. Havana is depicted as a place where Elevators don't work, Medicine is outdated, and things just generally look run down. Zombies are merely thrown into the mix. What comes across loud and clear is how proud the Cuban people are. Even when facing the end of life as he knows it, Juan does not want to leave his homeland.

I saw this movie at the World Premiere in Toronto at TIFF, so I had the pleasure of hearing the Q&A after the film. The Director, Alejandro Brugues, and his crew were excited to be in Canada for the first time and mentioned that they were going to a Jay's game before flying back to Cuba…LOL He seemed surprised that the film comes across with a political message, because it was not his intention to do so.


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