Media For Lunch: Juan of the Dead


With nods to the Evil Dead and Romero, Juan de Los Muertos is a hoot. The story is a bit choppy from the middle to the end but we zombie fans can be rather forgiving. Juan de Los Muertos is a tad make shift, the effects are less than polished and the comedy fairly broad. But there are enough fanciful moments and dry humor to make it worth your while. It conjures up notions of revolution, agitating the present state of affairs, and the endurance of a people under the most extreme rendition of communist life, an allegory to life in Cuba. I say, Viva Juan de Los Muertos y Viva la Zombie Revolución! – MD

Official Synopsis:  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. . .

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