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


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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Action | Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

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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 »

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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 »


References Zombie (1979) See more »


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zombie busters in Cuba....inventive film is humorous satire
18 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

It is rare that a film combines, satire, parody, thrills, scary zombies, and deadpan humor. Such is the film Juan of the Dead.

Plot is simple. Zombies try to take over Cuba. But the government says they are "dissidents" created by the Americans to undermine Cuba. In a very clever film, the director, Alejandro Bruques, takes us on a fantasy ride of zombie threats and humor with many political points along the way.

Several island residents form a motley crew of a trans gurl, a muscle bound dude, a hot babe and a guy named "California", is just the beginning of zombie mayhem.

They even open a business, "we kill your loved one" to earn a few extra bucks off the zombies...Cuban style.

The budget is not mentioned in the film overview, but I bet they really made a very low budge stretch quite a bit. From the beginning to end credits it is a delight. Every film student should see this movie to see what you can do with imagination and not the fancy cameras profiled in American media.

Their first kill has a harpoon go through a zombie to kill an old lady standing right behind the zombie. Ooops! A wooden oar weapon is so decrepit that we would never use it as an oar.

There is also the famous car/boat that many refuges use to flee Cuba used to escape the onslaught of zombies. In one scene, an attack by numerous zombies is thwarted by a single harpoon and a "rally around the flag pole". Heh, heh.

A slow motion arrow is an tick toward Matrix.

The film introduces a stereo type American and since the crew does not speak English, Juan introduces himself by saying "My name is Juan". Get it. It beginning Spanish class the first thing you learn is "Yo me llamo Juan". Very funny.

They spoof Bruce Lee with a freeze frame at the end. Ending credits are terrific. There are subtitles so get ready and just read them.

The ending credits are really inventive as is the entire film. I have never seen it in a bargain bin, so I will try and make my own copy from a TV showing. I recommend this highly as a very funny, highly inventive, well shot film about the zombie Apocalypse.

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