Director: Alejandro Brugués

Right down to its title, the Spanish-Cuban festival darling Juan of the Dead gives every impression of being a Shaun of the Dead ripoff, and, technically, that's what it is, except that the titular slacker here has a young daughter to protect, instead of a chubby best friend. Thankfully, writer-director Alejandro Brugués is no scrub, and his scrappy little horror-comedy manages to impress in the end, offering a layer of Romero-like social commentary, at Fidel Castro's expense, beneath a surface-level sheen of goofy humor and over-the-top gore gags.