Juan of the Dead (2011) (Movie Review)

Juan of the Dead (2011)
Director: Alejandro Brugués

Juan is 40 years old, most of which he spent in Cuba doing absolutely nothing. It’s his way of life, and he’s prepare to defend it at any cost, along with his pal Lázaro, as lazy as Juan but twice as dumb. Juan’s only emotional tie is his daughter, Camila, a beautiful young girl that doesn’t want anything to do with her father because the only thing he’s good at is getting into trouble.Suddenly some strange things start to happen, people are turning violent attacking one to the other. Juan was first convinced it’s just another stage of the Revolution. Official media refer to the attacks as isolated incidents provoked by Cuban dissidents paid by the US government. Little by little Juan and his friends start to realize that the attackers are not normal human beings and that killing them is quite a difficult task. They’re not vampires, they’re not possesed, but they’re definitely not dissidents; a simple bite turns the victim into other violent killing machine and the only way to beat them is destroying their brains. Juan decides that the best way of facing the situation is making some money out of it…..

If you are a fan of Shaun of the Dead then you should find yourself right at home here with Juan. We have a fast paced comedic horror that takes the time to even drop a social line or two about Cuba. The characters can be a little goofy and gimmick filled at times, but it isn’t the type of stuff that will seem out of place or distract you in a movie like this. And to think that something like this came out of Cuba really makes what we get and its quality all that much more of a spectacle. The film is so much fun that I will even look over its CGI. That coming from me is a major thing and something I never do. But I do find it to be that much of a joy that I will admit that it doesn’t take anything away from it.

One of the more amazing things about Juan of the Dead is the fact that in the middle of all the laughs and all the film’s wacky ways it can still finds moments to be serious and touching. We develop feeling for these weird people somewhere along the way and we don’t even seem to notice until around the end. It’s a cool thing about the film that I think most movie goers will appreciate. I’m not 100% sure when Juan of the Dead will be out there for the world to see, but if you get the chance be sure not to miss out on it. All horror and zombie movie fans won’t want to miss this.

(8/10)