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Juan of the Dead [DVD]

Alexis Díaz de Villegas , Blanca Rosa Blanco , Alejandro Brugues    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Blanca Rosa Blanco
  • Directors: Alejandro Brugues
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0077NF7GU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,110 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Following in the witty and gory footsteps of Shaun of the Dead, comes Cuba's first full-length horror film, JUAN OF THE DEAD!

JUAN OF THE DEAD tells the blood-drenched tale of a slacker who decides to save Cuba from an invasion of cannibalistic zombies. As the zombies turn Havana into a gory circus of flying limbs and severed heads, the nightly news anchors continue to calmly assert the government line, that the attacks are not the work of the undead but dissidents in the pay of the United States.
Scattered with allusions to traumatic moments in Cuba's recent history, this is a zombie film with real satirical bite.

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Amazing! --Slackerwood

***** --Horror Talk

Awesome! --Horrorphilia

***** --Horror Talk

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Cuban It's Original and it's Really Funny 15 Jan 2013
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Yes another Zomedy and what can be wrong with that, this one sees Cuba finally lurching slowly onto the Zombie comedy bandwagon, and they do so with style and élan. It stars Juan who with best mate Lazaro does fishing on a home made raft, he quite clearly is not a shining example of success from the worlds leading socialist island.

He has a thing for the ladies and he is separated from his wife and his daughter is fairly unimpressed with the ageing Lothario. Then strange things start to happen around the island involving what the authorities call `dissidents' that are clearly sponsored by the US government. It doesn't take too long for extreme acts of dissidents to spread and soon Zombies are appearing all over the place.

Meanwhile Juan and some of his neighbours are holed up in his flat, that clearly needs a lick of paint, and they weigh up their options and decide to fight back and as in all good comedies, hilarity does ensue. The band of freedom fighters are a very Motley Crew indeed which include a Muscle Mary who faints at the sight of blood and they use any weapon they can from nun chucks to boat paddles - genius.

This is a brilliant and refreshing film which although it has Zombies at its core has a great big heart that it wears on its sleeve all tied up with more gags than you can shake a stick at. It has very good sub titles and runs to just over an hour and a half and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you are a fan of comedy or zombies or like something a tad off the beaten track then I am sure you will enjoy this.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We kill your loved ones. 3 July 2012
By Mark G.
Format:DVD
Whilst it seems that there's a new zombie film being released almost every week, the genre was beginning to get as rotten and shambling as the walking dead themselves. So thank you Juan of the Dead for being a great zombie film. In fact not just a great zombie film but a good comedy as well that had me laughing on more than one occasion.

The story follows Juan and his friend Lazaro, a couple of jobless slackers just trying to do what they can to get by from one day to the next. Of course things are about to change when the walking dead start taking to the streets and munching on the neighbourhood. Not one to pass by an opportunity to make some money Juan hits on the idea of starting a zombie killing business whereby he (and a few companions) will dispose of your zombified relatives and houseguests...for a fee of course.

For those that aren't aware, the film is Cuban so you are going to have to read subtitles. For me that's not a problem as I do watch quite a lot of subtitled movies. I didn't notice any problems with the subtitling; they were easy to read and nicely paced so that at no time did I miss what was being said and find myself having to rewind in order to read them again.

I found it refreshing to see a familiar genre from an unfamiliar cultural viewpoint, this being the first Cuban film I think I've ever seen.

There are also numerous references to other movies littered throughout, ranging from Enter the Dragon to Braindead and they're nicely implemented making them seem like they are there because the filmmakers are fans of the films being referenced as opposed to showing them in an attempt to be clever.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shaun has serious competition 17 Jun 2012
Format:DVD
Zombie fans will all have heard - and probably watched - the British zombie romantic comedy, Shaun of the Dead, so, what does Cuba's film industry have to say on the subject?

First of all they're probably not doing themselves or the film any favours by blatantly copying an existing film. People will think it's just a rip off, when it most certainly is not.

Okay, so the two do share some common traits: zombies (obviously), humour, gore, lovable losers fighting to survive etc. However, believe it or not, Juan does stray into enough new territory to make it worth a watch. First of all, it's seriously darker than Sean - the `heroes' make some pretty self-centred decisions along the way (good fun to watch), also the back-drop is different enough to warrant a mention. Gone are the familiar streets of London and instead we see life in Cuba. Whereas Shaun and his mates simply wanted to escape the zombie menace, Juan and his band decide that they're okay with it. They simply lock themselves in their house and start up a new business where they offer to charge people money to kill/dispose of their loved ones!

All in all, if you like dark, gory comedy (and have a thirst for watching the undead in action), give it a go - maybe one day Shaun and Juan can get together over a pint and glass of rum and swap tips on the best way to deal with an undead outbreak.

Oh, and be prepared for subtitles with Juan (they kill the only English-speaking character pretty quickly!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie 30 Sep 2013
By Jon
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Wasn't sure what this would be like, but as a collector of zombie movies I thought i'd give it a go. I was glad I did,very funny and quirky, not your usual zombie film, characters were different, each with there own unique styles lol
If your a zombie film fan then you need this for your collection, specially for the price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars "Your hot neighbour's a dissident too"
going into this movie considering it's title I was expecting a Shaun of the dead clone but was very happy to see that it is so much more and every bit as loveable as Shaun of the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Naomi_B
4.0 out of 5 stars With so many poor zombie flicks around I approached this one with some...
With so many poor zombie flicks around I approached this one with some trepidation. How wrong I was. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S Ablett
4.0 out of 5 stars It's gotta be seen if you like Zombies
Yes, it's a goodun, but for laughs Sean Of The Dead is better, & for Zombie gravitas it has to be Romero. That said , this is a good laff sometimes, & gory too, so worth a look.
Published 1 month ago by Shutter
5.0 out of 5 stars its great, just don't take it too seriously
Hilarious,not much to tax the brain but who cares?its great,just don't take it too seriously....and watch out for the harpoon gun!!
Published 1 month ago by Mr. S. Lomax
1.0 out of 5 stars Cuba Attempts Thier "Shaun of"
When it comes to zombie films a few bench marks have been set,the obvious is our own "Shaun of the dead" with the likes of "Dead Snow" & "Zombieland" which... Read more
Published 4 months ago by SCREEN77
5.0 out of 5 stars Juan more review won't hurt....
Zombie/Comedy? not always a great combination, the exceptions being "sean of the dead", "zombieland" and "dead snow" add this to that list.
Published 4 months ago by C. A. Millward
5.0 out of 5 stars juan very fun movie ( thats juan bad pun )
Juan of the dead is a movie iv herd alot about and i recently had the pleasure of watching it holds up to the hype great characters , very funny moments and some very inventive... Read more
Published 5 months ago by FilmGeek
2.0 out of 5 stars comparisons to Sean dont help
This film is sporadically funny.

It has no coherent plot to speak of.

There are a number of massive fights with zombies to no real point. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. King
5.0 out of 5 stars If you speak spanish a gore fest with a comedy twist.
A gore fest with a comedy twist lots of zombies lots of blood but again possible english sound track please.
Published 5 months ago by Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars SUBTITLES ARE NOT OPTIONAL!
For those of you wanting to watch this film without subtitles - you can't. They are burned into the film and are not optional. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Miskatonic
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