DVD Review: Juan of the Dead

“He’s Havana killer day.”  That’s the funny tagline for “Juan of the Dead,” a Cuban-Spanish zombie flick that generates more than a few laughs.

Juan is a 40-year-old Cuban slacker who spends his days avoiding work and enjoying the outstanding Caribbean climate.  He likes to fish and visit with friends that populate his apartment building in Havana.

Only one day he notices the city’s pace slowing to a crawl.  Folks just don’t look the same.  The zombie apocalypse has arrived in Fidel Castro’s neck of the woods.  But, instead of lamenting better times, Juan (Alexis Diaz de Villegas) decides there’s money to be made.

He and his best friend decide to open a zombie clean-up business.  Got some dead loved-ones hanging around?  Juan will bash their brains in and remove the corpses for a fee.

This low-budget horror movie (made in Cuba) is gory fun most of the time.  But, eventually the gag plays out.  And, the story becomes tedious towards the end.  You can only kill so many zombies without your welcome wearing thin.  The story is also a bit choppy from the middle to the end.  But, hardcore zombie fans can be very forgiving.  And, for them, “Juan of the Dead” might just be worth the time.  The ending is clever and upbeat.  Not too bad.  Grade: C+

Fast Facts:

Street Date: August 14, 2012

Language:  Spanish with English subtitles

Runtime: 96 minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Released by Entertainment One