I’ll never forget watching Juan of the Dead on a cold night back in November all the way in wintry Stockholm, Sweden. I was attending the festival on a magazine assignment and was very much looking forward to the flick touted as Cuba’s first zombie movie.
After seeing the picture, in the lovely Rio cinema on Sodermalm (Soder if you’re a cool local or Lisbeth Salander), I interviewed the director, Alejandro Brugués, the next day, strangely in his hotel room whilst he was packing to go back to sunny Cuba. This wasn’t as odd as the time I interviewed Nev Schulman from Catfish, who started getting changed (only a shirt, it was nothing too weird) whilst chatting. Or the time I interviewed James McAvoy in the street and being constantly interrupted by people wanting an autograph. A
Anyway, watch this exclusive clip we’ve been sent from the movie and you should watch it. It is funny and possesses a nice capitalist slant on proceedings. Juan, the lead actor looks like a Cuban John Turturro, decides the end of the world and the zombie apocalypse is the perfect time to make a quick buck by providing a killing service for those who can’t stomach it.
Juan of the Dead is released in UK cinemas on 4th May. We’ll be reviewing the film next week and dissecting this latest zombie offering. So do come back for that.
JUAN OF THE DEAD tells the blood-drenched tale of a slacker who decides to save Cuba from an invasion of cannibalistic zombies. As the zombies turn Havana into a gory circus of flying limbs and severed heads, the nightly news anchors continue to calmly assert the government line, that the attacks are not the work of the undead but dissidents in the pay of the United States. Scattered with allusions to traumatic moments in Cuba’s recent history, this is a zombie film with real satirical bite.
UK Release Date: 4th May