If you’ve ever read my ravings about the Congolese neo-noir Viva Riva!, you know how excited I can get when I see a national cinema stretch its wings for the first time. Juan Of The Dead is Cuba’s first horror movie, which of course is something politically and historically significant. It also looks like a whole gallon of fun. I’m guessing that there are nerds out there who’d rain on the parade by criticizing the cue this takes from the UK’s Shaun Of The Dead, but that doesn’t bother me at all and I bet a hundred bucks Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg would agree with me.
There’s plenty of room for another international take on the zombie genre, especially one with such enjoyable details as the harpoon gun, the nunchucks, and the fact that the heroes initially mistake the zombies for vampires and worse, Americans.
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