Alexander Brugués’ film, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, is the story of an enemployed hustler who accidentally becomes a zombie killer and discovers that there’s good money to be made in the undead-killing business.
Indiewire’s Eric Kohn reviewed the film out of Toronto and gave it a B. Wrote Kohn,
By never turning into a legitimate horror movie, “Juan of the Dead” makes for the rare case where the zombies exclusively function as a metaphor rather than an unstoppable menace with bonus value as social commentary. This is a movie about Cuba, not the Cuban undead. When Juan’s friend Lázaro accidentally shoots a non-zombified survivor from afar, he’s told, “You have to tell the good ones from the bad.” The response is delivered with a sigh: “In this country, it has always been difficult.” Brugués guides the material to the ultimate sarcastic finish. Juan evolves into a devoted warrior with nothing to lose, becoming the hero of a lost cause. In his case, the revolution is personal.
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Cinetic Media repped the film’s producers.