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Juan of the Dead (2011)

Alexis Diaz de Villegas , Elsa Camp , Alejandro Brugues  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alexis Diaz de Villegas, Elsa Camp, Blanca Rosa Blanco, Antonio Dechent
  • Directors: Alejandro Brugues
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087MN9HO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When Havana begins to fill up with zombies, Juan, a 40-year-old slacker, is forced to become a hero, defend his country and protect his own on an island that has turned into a real bloodbath.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have an unrelenting fascination with all things undead. But with the current zombie craze reaching an all time high, it seems like every other movie, TV show, and book features my flesh eating friends! There's a LOT of contemporary zombie action, so it's becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish something truly special from the crowded pack. The perfectly titled "Juan of the Dead" is a movie I wanted to see and thought I'd almost assuredly like. I assumed it would be an amusing, if not particularly substantial, addition to the undead canon. Well, not only did I like it, I LOVED this little Cuban film. (Yes, it is in subtitles). It takes familiar horror and survivalist themes and filters them through a deceptively smart and engaging screenplay. What's more, it is absolutely hilarious! I laughed out loud often in "Juan of the Dead" and that came as somewhat of a surprise to me. It is simultaneously silly AND witty. An astute political satire, an unusual cultural commentary, a non-stop splatter-fest, as well as a feast of slapstick mayhem: "Juan of the Dead" has emerged as one of my favorite films this year, a truly memorable horror comedy.

First, the film benefits greatly from its Cuban flavor which, right off the bat, makes it feel different from other comparable films. Juan (Alexis Dias de Villegas) is an irresponsible slacker who wastes most of every day with his clueless best friend Lazardo (Jorge Molina). The two actors play off each other so well, it's hard not to laugh at just about every interaction they have. Without much explanation, they start to notice unusual changes to their surroundings. With reports of a strange flu, a movement of alleged political dissidents, and a suspected American plot, the news reports seems to have figured out what is going on.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing! July 29, 2012
Format:DVD
I waited months to see this movie and when it finally was shown in NYC, I invited my friends to go see it with me. The movie definitely exceeded my expectations and my friends loved it.

Juan de los Muertos is funny as hell and very witty. Without creating political debates, it delves into Cuba's political background and social reality in a humorous way.

The actors, some good, some not so much, were very enjoyable to watch. They had great chemistry and it really felt as if they were having a blast doing this movie. You really fall in love with these characters.

The graphics were better than I expected, given that I had read some negative reviews about that. I actually liked them. I mean, this is a zombie movie, you don't want it to look like some slick Hollywood production.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A original, good take on the zombie genre September 21, 2012
By Jraptor
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
If you like Zombies, watch this. It is really that simple. It contains some scenarios that I have never seen and it is very original. The cultural difference (from America) enriches this movie and even the end credits are cool.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected! September 15, 2012
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I figured this would be a parody of Shaun of the Dead. It wasn't really. It might end up as iconic as Shaun of the Dead someday though.

It was more of a funny look at Cuba and Cuba/American relations set to a zombie Apocalypse. There wasn't a lot of gore, as far as gore goes, but there were deaths. Lots of deaths. Lots of funny deaths. Hilarious deaths.

The movie does sort of just come to an end without the problems being resolved in my mind. And not in a cliffhanger kind of way, it just ends unsatisfactorily.

I plan to show this movie to people as often as possible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INSTANT CLASSIC August 28, 2012
By Shawn O
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I heard about this movie on KPBS radio in San Diego because they were screening it at local film festival. It sounded intriguing but I missed the film festival. When I Googled it I saw that it was coming out on DVD only days later and that I could get it from Amazon. It may have been my best Amazon purchase ever!

It does an incredible job taking the comical zombie genre to Cuba with an excellent set of characters that keep you laughing all the way through. The characters definitely take some shots at the Cuban socialist system while still keeping their Cuban pride, but creating a capitalistic approach to dealing with the islands zombie problem. "Juan of the dead, we kill your loved ones, how can we help you?"

The film is incredibly clever and worth reading the subtitles if you don't know Spanish. I can't imagine anyone that enjoys a good zombie flick not loving this movie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and a must see! June 14, 2012
Format:DVD
I have been into zombie movies and books for 30 years. In the last few years they have gotten stale and boring. This movie is as fresh as it can get! Fantastic movie from the land of Castro. Its got it all if you like good makeup and watching the normal guy fighting zombies without it being too unrealistic then it's a must watch for the true zombie movie fan. It's about a loser and his buddies taking a bad situation and trying to turn a profit. Really funny and serious when it need to be. Heck it even ends with Sid Vicious's My Way. If you liked Shaun of the Dead and Tokyo Zombie then you will love this movie because its way better then both combined! Your collection will not be complete without this amazing movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story! January 3, 2014
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This is a great movie that I watched in one of my classes. I liked it so much that I had to buy it and share it with my family. They also liked it a lot. It's very political and has humor that is more easily understood if you are bilingual in English/Spanish, understand some Cuban expressions, and know a bit about the history of Cuba. Otherwise, the zombie apocalypse of the "disidentes" won't make a lot of sense. Either way, this is a hilarious movie that you can enjoy with friends and older family- there is some nudity, lots of violence (zombies!), and strong language. Great purchase!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Movie...However Amazon Instant Video SUCKS!!!!
The buffering and constant interruptions in audio and video were incredibly distracting and made this otherwise stellar zombie movie difficult and annoying to watch. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Charlene Whyte
5.0 out of 5 stars The only zombie movie for me
Who know the zombie apocalypse could be big business? When the zombie apocalypse comes, Juan and his aimless friends take advantage. The resulting film had me laughing in fits. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Savvy D
4.0 out of 5 stars Damn Good
I think this is a damn good low budget zombie movie. Very well done and with plenty of humor that but not super super goofy like some of the dumber type. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dave86
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Perfect It¨s very easy to buy in amazon. Thank you .
Published 2 months ago by Lizette Sanroman Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Make a #2!
Although it doesn't sport English as an audible language, this flick is fantastic. Great dark humor. This one's a keeper-
Published 2 months ago by Stevehayden
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Surprise!
I ask one thing above all else of a horror - and in particular a zombie - movie: surprise me. And, of course, by "surprise" I don't mean having someone leap out of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Howard M. Kindel
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, fun, zombie! Run!
I truly love this movie. Not just because the zombies, but the way producer was able to express his feelings for his Country, where in reality, would be a disaster. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Monica S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Zombies in La Habana No Americans
A very nice funny film Zombies attaked La Habana and by the way, the ugly Cuban political system is developed
Published 4 months ago by José
5.0 out of 5 stars great Cuban zombie flick!!!!!
The quality of the disc itself could have been higher, but maybe I'm just complaining because there's no Blu Ray version. Read more
Published 5 months ago by bOoKwOrM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie.
Movie is Funny all the way through. Worth the buy. Shipping was quick. You cant go wrong with this movie. It's in Spanish but it has English Subtitles.
Published 5 months ago by Mike
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