When it comes to zombie movies, originality isn't necessarily a top priority. There's generally some kind of virus that turns people into the walking dead, a group of heroes who kill them, and the constant running-away-to-live-another-day theme.

It's a staple of recent films like "28 Days Later," "The Walking Dead" and "The Crazies."

But lo and behold, leave it to a Cuban filmmaker to add an element of "new" to the genre with the film "Juan of the Dead." It follows a slacker turned professional zombie slayer after an outbreak leads the living dead to descend upon Havana. According to the synopsis, "Juan of the dead killed their loved ones" is his slogan, and his mission is to help people get rid of those infected around them ... for a price.

Professional zombie slayers are the new Ghostbusters. I dig it.

If all goes well, director Alejandro Brugués hopes to preview the $2 million film at festivals later this year. Check out a hilarious trailer below.

Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Cuba's first zombie movie limps along
'Juan of the Dead' is scheduled to hit theaters later this year. And the plot is kinda awesome.