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Juan of the Dead

4.3 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews

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Juan is a slacker who has never quite managed to get his life in order until a zombie invasion takes over Havana, Cuba, and an unexpected opportunity to capitalize on the situation presents itself. Joined by a ragtag group of opportunists, Juan becomes a zombie killer-for-hire until it becomes increasingly obvious that escaping from the island is the only option.

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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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • 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 (165 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087MN9HO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,145 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 5, 2012
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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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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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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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 nowhere; rather, I mean, bringing something original to the genre - and "Juan of the Dead" succeeds in spades on that one. Yes, if you can scare me too that would be nice; but having watched so many horror films over such a long period, I don't honestly believe any movie's really, truly going to scare me very much. Also, while the movie is long on innuendo and even whimsy, it is mercifully short on gore - even when a virtual army of zombies are beheaded en masse.

I was a little leery going into this film since the blurb on the DVD case flat out compares it to "Shaun of the Dead." But, to my pleasant surprise, "Juan of the Dead" bears no resemblance other than in the title. Nor does it bear much resemblance to other foreign language zombie films - and for one primary reason: I had to actually read the English subtitles at the bottom of the screen, word by word. Why? Because there really was a story here; and that story was indigenous to the setting - Havana, Cuba; whereas almost every other zombie film I've seen that had sub-titles could have taken place anywhere in the world. And whereas the dialogue of most zombie films is strictly survival oriented, the dialogue here was mostly based on the culture where the story takes place. In fact, only one character in the entire film - an American preacher with a stillborn plan to save the survivors - ever referred to the zombies as "zombies." They were mostly depicted simply as "dissidents.
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Based on the reviews I bought this. My mistake was I didn't realize I was getting dubbed version. The voiceovers were terrible & the voices didn't seem to match the actor for me. Wish I would've known that & tried to get the Spanish language version w/subtitles, might've liked it more. That being said, the things that I assume were supposed to be funny, seemed forced & obvious and not funny to me & the one guy jacking off all the time was just really not funny here. It seemed like someone had a 'funny checklist' & were ticking off the boxes as items were included. Didn't finish watching it, threw it in the for sale bin.
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