"CIA reference photograph of Soviet R-12 intermediate-range nuclear ballistic missile (NATO designation SS-4) in Red Square, Moscow." These missiles, along with R-14 missiles, were deployed in Cuba. Image Source: Wiki.
In 1962, for nearly two weeks from 16-28 October, the world narrowly missed Armageddon. This fortnight is the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, when the Soviets and Cubans began assembling nuclear missiles in Cuba which could strike the continental United States, and the Americans responded with an anti-Soviet naval blockade.
To express gratitude in the Hallowe'en countdown on this anniversary of dodging World War III, check out the 2011 Spanish-Cuban production, Juan de los Muertos (Juan of the Dead), billed as 'Cuba's first horror film,' a zombie romp spoofing the 2004 spoof Shaun of the Dead (which, in turn, spoofed 1978's Dawn of the Dead). Wiki: "the film 'resurrects the genre's political subtexts with jibes at a country where zombies are dismissed as 'dissidents' and public transport continues to run, no matter what.'" Below the jump, see the official trailer and watch it here.
Synopsis: "Juan is 40 years old, most of which he spent in Cuba doing absolutely nothing. It’s his way of life, and he’s prepare to defend it at any cost, along with his pal Lázaro, as lazy as Juan but twice as dumb. Juan’s only emotional tie is his daughter, Camila, a beautiful young girl that doesn’t want anything to do with her father because the only thing he’s good at is getting into trouble.
Suddenly some strange things start to happen, people are turning violent attacking one to the other. Juan was first convinced it’s just another stage of the Revolution. Official media refer to the attacks as isolated incidents provoked by Cuban dissidents paid by the US government. Little by little Juan and his friends start to realize that the attackers are not normal human beings and that killing them is quite a difficult task. They’re not vampires, they’re not possesed, but they’re definitely not dissidents; a simple bite turns the victim into other violent killing machine and the only way to beat them is destroying their brains.
Juan decides that the best way of facing the situation is making some money out of it… 'Juan of the Dead, we kill your beloved ones” becomes his slogan.'"
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