Otto; Or, Up With Dead People
A new film from Bruce La Bruce – queer cinema’s very own Andreas Baader – is always something to celebrate and Otto, his first foray proper into the horror genre, doesn’t disappoint. Amnesiac zombie Otto (Jey Crisfar) hitches a ride to Berlin where he is discovered by underground filmmaker Medea (Katharina Klewinghaus), who begins to make a documentary about him. She is also trying to finish a political-porno-zombie movie that she has been working on for years, and convinces its star, Fritz Fritze (Marcel Schlutt) to allow the vulnerable Otto to stay in his guest bedroom. As he stays there, a few details of Otto’s memories start to return.
Amateurishly filmed and acted, awash with austere cinematic and anarchic ideology allusion, satiric, funny and quite unlike any other zombie flick you will ever see, Otto is by turns hilarious and jaw-dropping. It deserves to find a cult audience, La Bruce would suck dry any other kind of audience. Minimal extras.