Topic: Juan of the Dead

Juan of the Dead hes secured a US release.  I saw this one last summer....It was a great Zombie Comedy....

It was previously reported that the much-talked-up Cuban horror/comedy JUAN OF THE DEAD was picked up by Focus Features’ digital arm Focus World for DVD, VOD and other small-screen formats, and now the word has come through on who will be handling its big-screen release in the States.

Outsider Pictures has announced that it has picked up JUAN OF THE DEAD, with the first screening set for the Miami International Film Festival, which takes place in the Florida city March 2-11. Director Alejandro Brugués, actor Alexis Díaz de Villegas and others will be present at the show. The movie will open shortly thereafter for an exclusive run at MDC’s Tower Theater in Miami, with other cities to follow.

JUAN OF THE DEAD stars Díaz de Villegas in the title role, a guy who decides to start a zombie-busting business after the undead invade Havana. “It’s a satirical look at the present day streets of the controversial regime and we’re excited to add it to our diverse catalogue of films,” says Outsider co-founder Paul Hudson. “And it’s a great zombie film too!” Keep your eyes on this site for further word on when JUAN will stalk into a city near you.

^^^Credit Fangoria Magazine^^^

Re: Juan of the Dead

Here is my review for it...Not sure where to submit reviews anymore?  So I will post it here smile

Juan of the Dead- 7/10

Juan of the Dead is the first Cuban Zombie movie ever made.  Juan and his friend, Lazaro,  wake up one morning to a Zombie invasion in Havana.  The Cuban government is reporting that the Zombie outbreak is  “Americans trying to undermine the Cuban government”.  Obviously poking fun at the Cuban’s political propaganda.
    Juan and his friends decide  that they can make a successful small business by killing and disposing of Zombies.  For a small fee Juan can dispose of your unwanted loved ones for you.  So an unlikely bunch of heroes come together and arm themselves to rid the city of Zombies for a profit. 
    What makes this movie special is that you get a real up close and personal view of what it is like to live in Havana under the Communist Regime.  The scenery is beautiful and sad at the same time.  Havana is depicted as a place where Elevators don’t work,  Medicine is outdated, and things just generally look run down.  Zombies are merely thrown into the mix.   What comes across loud and clear is how proud the Cuban people are.   Even when facing the end of life as he knows it,  Juan does not want to leave his homeland.
    I saw this movie at the World Premeire in Toronto at TIFF, so I had the pleasure of hearing the Q&A after the film.  The Director, Alejandro Brugues, and his crew were excited to be in Canada for the first time and mentioned that they were going to a BlueJay’s game before flying back to Cuba… He seemed surprised that the film comes across with a political message, because it was not his intention to do so.

Re: Juan of the Dead

Thanks DG!  I really want to check this one out.  So far, I have not been able to track it down, but it sounds like one that will be worth the wait. smile