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26 April 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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With it's Shaun-riffing title and preponderance of shuffling, gurgling undead, Juan Of The Dead could have been a horror homage too far. Thankfully, it's got more than just that puntastic title and some impressively gory prosthetics work to fall back on.

Empire's own Kim Newman, a man who's forgotten more about zombies than we'll ever know, describes the Cuban horror as "a fond satire in the manner of Peter Jackson's early, funny films". And if you're wondering what a Caribbean Braindead might look like, check out this new clip from the movie.

As you may have gathered, there's a smear of black humour running through Juan Of The Dead. It's set in a post-apocalyptic Havana that's crawling with nasties of the zombified kind, and in which Juan (Diaz de Villegas) and Lazaro (Molina) make a living offering terminatory services to relatives of the undead.

Needless to say, for a satire on Cuba's own social woes, there's an awful lot of kicking, smacking and chopping involved. There may even be the odd cricket bat. We hope so.

Juan Of The Dead is out on May 4 and you can feast your peepers on Empire's review here.

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