In “33 Best Zombie Movies of the 21st Century,” Jimmy Donnellan makes a list of—you guessed it—the best zombie movies of the 21st century so far worldwide. Among his choices, we find the 2010 Juan de los muertos [Juan of the Dead]—Cuba’s first zombie film—written and directed by Alejandro Brugués. Donnellan writes:
A recurring theme with modern zombie movies is not taking the zombie apocalypse all that seriously, which is exactly the charm of the Spanish-Cuban Juan of the Dead. After the undead outbreak, the chosen Juan decides to start up his own ethically unsound zombie-killing business with differing results. Equal parts slapstick comedy and political allegory, this is a smart and heartfelt effort, which isn’t too bad a result considering it’s viewed as the first Cuban zombie film ever made.