Juan of the Dead (2011)

Juan of the Dead (2011)
Juan of the Dead (2011) DVD / Blu-ray

By: Henry J. Fromage (Three Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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So, you want to make a badass horror film, but your budget is, um, let’s say $300 U.S.  What you do have is a ton of willing extras, plenty of cheap makeup, and your wife’s cousin says he can totally do some CGI for cheap.  The two things you know you want are some badass kill scenes, and a bit of sprinkled social commentary sprinkled in.  What do you do?

No, not this.  Never this.

Make a zombie film, of course!  And, good news: you’re in Cuba, $300 U.S. goes pretty damn far.  In Juan of the Dead, entrepreneur, local lothario, and former deadbeat dad Juan (Alexis Diaz de Villegas) finds his efforts to reconnect with his daughter and do a little fishing interrupted by the dead coming to life.  Always one to seize an opportunity, he rounds up an eclectic bunch of friends and starts a business: Juan of the Dead: “We Kill Your Loved Ones.”

A Toast

This is a zombie film… from Cuba.  So, besides zombies you get a fascinating look inside contemporary Cuban society, made all the more so by the fact that the filmmakers are absolutely unafraid to take potshots at their government (zombies are referred to as “dissidents”, and just about everyone considers bailing to Miami at some point).

No cameo from Cuba’s highest profile zombie, though

The reason they can get away with this is that this is a comedy first and foremost- and a hilarious one.  The humor is dirty, irreverent, and often straight up twisted and balanced by plenty of over the top gore and inventive kills.  I also have to give props to de Villegas, who gives a proper to the situation, Bogart-level amount of fucks: – 1.  That’s right, he’ll take a fuck, but he has zero to give.

Beer Two

The jokes come fast and furious, and not all of them hit their target.  This flick loves its gay jokes as well, although I have to admit… some of them are pretty funny.

Beer Three

Sometimes you can be too ambitious.  If your effects budget is less than the cost of laptop and you’ve got a fired Syfy CGI intern handling things, you can probably cut that extraneous helicopter crashing into a building scene.

Or, you know what… just go for it.

Verdict

Okay movie, 3 Beers Movie, Movie Boozer, 3 Beers, Cheers

Smart, funny, and gloriously ridiculous zombie comedy, straight from Cuba.  Yes, you want to watch this.

 

Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time a sex joke is made

Take a Drink: every time a zombie is killed

Take a Drink: every time there’ s a political slam (on Cuba or the U.S.)

 

Last Call

Watch the animated credits sequence for an alternate ending, or don’t if you consider the regular one perfect (like me).

About Henry J. Fromage

Movieboozer is a humor website and drinking games are intended for entertainment purposes only, please drink responsibly.

2 comments

  1. I saw this film last year, it was the closing night film of the Havana Film Festival in NYC (which I’ll be attending again this month). It received a huge standing ovation when it was over, one of the best Latin comedies I ever saw!

  2. Yeah, I really enjoyed it, especially its warped sense of humor.

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