Zombies invade Cuba in “Juan of the Dead”, and the only man who can stop them is … Juan of the Dead! Duh. His name is in the title and everything. The film boasts that it’s the first film to be “shot in post-revolution Cuba without the financial support of the Cuban government”. I honestly don’t know what that means, but the film itself looks like fun times. The film lands on DVD (no Blu-ray) August 14, 2012 courtesy of the folks at Entertainment One.
When Havana begins to fill up with zombies, two friends hatch a plan to launch a zombie extermination service after their picturesque island is overrun by the living dead in this satirical horror film from director Alejandro Brugués (Personal Belongings). Fast, fun and hilarious, JUAN OF THE DEAD, gives a decidedly latin touch to the zombie genre, along with a winking nod to the zom-com hit, Shaun of the Dead.
It’s the anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, and as the hungry undead make an unwelcomed appearance, best friends Juan (Alexis Días de Villegas) and Lázardo (Jorge Molina) decide to parlay their skills for dispatching zombies into a professional career. “Juan of the dead killed their loved ones” is their slogan, and their mission is to help people get rid of those infected around them … for a price. As the government attempts to maintain public order by blaming the fracas on Americans who they claim are attempting to topple the current regime, Juan and Lazardo rally the troops, gather their weapons, and prepare to make a killing by ridding Cuba of zombies one shambling, flesh-eating corpse at a time
Blending comedy, horror and the walking dead into a smooth, politically acute satire, JUAN OF THE DEAD — the first to be shot in post-revolution Cuba without the financial support of the Cuban government — is Presented in Spanish with English subtitles.
Starring Jorge Molina, Alexis Díaz de Villegas, Jazz Vilá, Andros Perugorría and Eliecer Ramírez, and directed by Alejandro Brugués.
DVD bonus on the disc include your standard behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, and interviews.