We never were able to catch Juan of the Dead but we sure wish we had. The movie just played Havana and it was a big hit.
From the Associated Press:
HAVANA — The hottest ticket in Havana is a gory, campy zombie flick with a wicked sense of humor about Cuba’s obsessive relations with the United States, one that revels in islanders’ knack for making the best of things even when everything around you — buildings, streets, human limbs — is falling to pieces.
Audiences thronged movie houses this week to catch screenings of “Juan of the Dead,” or “Juan de los Muertos” in the original Spanish, and organizers had to hastily add extra midnight screenings to accommodate the crush.
You can read more from the AP here.
Juan of the Dead aka Juan de los Muertos — a play on Shaun of the Dead — is Cuba’s first horror movie. Juan of the Dead starts 50 years after the Cuban Revolution, when a new revolution is about to begin. The film follows Juan a 40-year-old loser who decides to make the most of a zombie plague by attempting to cash on the zombie outbreak by killing the walking dead for money.
Here’s the second trailer: