Juan Of The Dead (2011)
Juan is a former soldier, living his life in the sun, waiting for his 'big chance'. He spends his time womanising, fishing, and lazing around with his over-sexed and clumsy sidekick, Lazaro. When a zombie outbreak suddenly occurs, they sieze the opportunity, setting up their own business to exterminate undead family members for money.
[Answers the telephone] "Juan Of The Dead. We kill your beloved ones. How can I help you?"
They are soon joined by Juan's Lara Croft-like daughter, Lazaro's surfer-dude son, a transvestite petty crook, and a huge, tough-guy who faints at the sight of blood.
While there's enough graphic gore to keep this in the horror genre, it's the comedy that really lifts it above so many similar films. The script is sharp and witty, the humour is dark, and the actors deliver some beautifully-timed comic performances. On top of all this, the main characters are so likeable that you really do care about what happens to them.
CGI is used quite a bit throughout. Most of the time it's not distracting. But even on the few occasions it doesn't quite work, the movie has enough charm to get away with it. I think I watched the whole film with a huge smile on my face. Even the music is well chosen, reflecting the film's playful sense of humour. (Listen out for the closing credits in particular.)
The film brings in a bit of satire about Cuban politics and culture, which adds an extra layer to the humour, but went over my head at times. However that still didn't stop me thoroughly enjoying myself. In some ways it reminds me of Braindead (aka Dead Alive) in its style of humour, and it even directly references that film at one point.
Overall Juan Of The Dead is a wickedly funny, deliciously gory, and undeniably charming 90 minutes of pure entertainment. It's hard to believe it's not better known than it is. I strongly recommend hunting down a copy. It's certainly one of my all-time favourite horror-comedies.