Otto; or Up with Dead People
Otto; or Up with Dead People (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brandon Judell

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."

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

LaBruce devotees will be tickled pink; others will be perplexed and/or disgusted.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Zombies don't ever take bubble baths, not even gay zombies.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

Moviegoers with a LaBruce fetish will appreciate another imaginative offering from the filmmaker. Mainstream audiences should stay far, far away.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

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.

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Jeremy Heilman

Concessions to the audience's expectations certainly make Otto a more palatable viewing experience, but they also make it seem less dangerous.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Otto deliriously intermingles sex and entrails but is also imaginative and witty

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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

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.

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Don Willmott

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.

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Daniel Parsons
Stupid, annoying, "knowingly" pretentious, but also playful, sexy, clever and sometimes moving. Bruce La Bruce's messy film has lofty intentions… More
vieras esine
More than anything else, I think this film spoofs pretentious film directors who only like to make artsy-fartsy documentaries where they deal with more or less… More
Patrick Dolan
I don't know. It's seems to be a satire (or even lampooning) of "counter culture" and the underground art that results from it, but you… More
Nicki Marie
I actually thought this could have been a really, really good film if it was minus a few bits and pieces. I loved all the black and white shots, then all the… More