Juan of the Dead

[15]

Spain 2012, 92 mins
Director: Alejandro Brugues

With its title a lovingly inconspicuous nod to zombie godfather George A. Romero – and in turn Edgar Wright's 2004 British horror/comedy – Alejandro Brugués' fun and frantic film follows in the witty and gory footsteps of SHAUN OF THE DEAD.

JUAN OF THE DEAD, Cuba's first full-length horror film, tells the blood-drenched tale of a slacker who decides to save the island nation from an invasion of zombies. As they turn Havana into a gruesome circus of flying limbs and severed heads, the newsreaders continue to calmly assert the government line, which is that the attacks are not the work of the undead but of 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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