Otto; or Up with Dead People

2008
95.0'
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  • Strand Releasing
Synopsis

The 2008 zombie flick Otto; or Up with Dead People marks a partial shift in LaBruce's career, from ultra-underground explicit porn to ‘art-gorn’. This film, which premiered at Sundance, centers on Otto, a teenage vegetarian zombie with an identity crisis. On the road to Berlin, Otto meets the underground director Medea Yarn, who decides to make a documentary on him while she finishes up a gay political zombie porn, Up with Dead People.

Noted for its complexity and melancholia, Otto is an aesthetic and political meditation on the undead: LaBruce toys with the flesh of the film, constantly playing on coloration, flashbacks and film-within-the-film. In literally fucking (with) history, Otto brings the past itself back from the dead: 1970s gay revolutionary movements coexist in a post (or pre-) HIV/AIDS society, simultaneously opening up new political and sexual fantasies. An uncanny narrative and commentary on the schizophrenic representational politics of the gay and lesbian movement.