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Otto; or Up with Dead People
An gay teenage zombie falls in with a pretentious experimental filmmaker who casts him in a politically themed porno while documenting his experiences as a walking corpse in this existential gut-muncher from Canadian provocateur Bruce LaBruce. Adorable twink Otto (Jey Crisfar) was wandering the streets of Berlin and feasting on road-kill when avant-garde filmmaker Medea Yarn recruited him to appear in her latest film, a porno-political-zombie flick set during the gay zombie uprising. Gradually, over the course of shooting, Medea's interest in Otto grows and she decides to make a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Moviegoers with a LaBruce fetish will appreciate another imaginative offering from the filmmaker. Mainstream audiences should stay far, far away."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the more disciplined entries in the LaBruce oeuvre, Otto is sexy and silly in just the right proportions, a cult item with a real heart."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Zombies don't ever take bubble baths, not even gay zombies."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Sadly, this is one of those moments where I have to scan my reviewer's list of dismissive nouns to come up with the perfect word to describe this mess. Ah, yes, here it is: claptrap."
‑ Don Willmott,
"For a movie with this many ideological loose ends, Otto comes up with a convincingly sweet resolution."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Otto deliriously intermingles sex and entrails but is also imaginative and witty"
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Calling a zombie movie lifeless is bad enough. But when the charge is leveled at a gay zombie movie by Bruce LaBruce, queer cinema's most radical fairy, the disappointment cuts that much deeper."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"Its metaphorical examination of the plight of queer zombies in Germany is readymade for former LaBruce fans. Get ready for copulation with a hole in the stomach and such memorable quotes as "I was a zombie with an identity crisis.""
‑ Brandon Judell, indieWIRE
"LaBruce's film is such a riot of conflicting information and signifying styles that inner logic never really gets a grip."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Veers between raw zombie cuisine, raw gay porn, high calorie sex that includes entrails-devouring as foreplay, and cranky anti-establishment rants against advanced capitalism. Not to mention that it's hard out there for a zombie too."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"LaBruce devotees will be tickled pink; others will be perplexed and/or disgusted."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Campy but not comical, reactionary but not very clever, LaBruce's film is best saved for those tickled by the sight of homo-zombie orgies or the hardcore penetration of an open wound."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
"Concessions to the audience's expectations certainly make Otto a more palatable viewing experience, but they also make it seem less dangerous."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Some have described this as more cohesive than most Bruce La Bruce movies, but it's still sophomoric junk."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"When the viscera and seminal fluids are cleared away, there is something less flagrant but more durable resembling a beating heart inside this bloody stump of a movie -- a coded message to do with loneliness and loss."
‑ Ray Greene, Boxoffice Magazine
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