Juan of the Dead

Rated NR 100 minutes 2012

Writer-director Alejandro Brugués does what amounts to a Cuban version of Shaun of the Dead with this semi-funny, adequately grisly zombie film. When people start biting each other in Cuba, some people at first think America is doing some sort of strange political invasion. Soon, it becomes clear that it is just your average zombie plague—and heads must be smashed! Juan (Alexis Díaz de Villegas) sets about killing zombies for money, which is probably the least successful aspect of the film. The movie goes for equal parts laughs and scares, and it scores a moderate amount of both. As far as zombie films go, this one falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. It’s better than a lot of the straight-to-video flicks, but not as good as Romero’s best—or Shaun of the Dead, for that matter. It’s respectable, but not very memorable.

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Director: Alejandro Brugués

Producer: Inti Herrera, Gervasio Iglesias and Claudia Calviño

Cast: Blanca Blanco, Elsa Camp, Antonio Dechent, Luis Alberto Garcia, Jorge Molina, Susana Pous, Andrea Duro, Andros Perugorría, Eliecer Ramírez, Jazz Vilá and Alexis de Villegas

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