Otto; or Up with Dead People

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Otto; or, Up with Dead People
Directed by Bruce LaBruce
Produced by Bruce LaBruce
Jurgen Brüning
Jörn Hartmann
Written by Bruce LaBruce
Starring Jey Crisfar
Marcel Schlutt
Nicholas Fox Ricciardi
Keith Boehm
Olivia Barth
Cinematography James Carman
Edited by Jörn Hartmann
Release date
  • November 7, 2008 (2008-11-07)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Germany
Language English
Box office $11,295[1]

Otto; or, Up with Dead People is a 2008 Canadian and German queer cinema horror film. The film was directed by Bruce LaBruce and stars Jey Crisfar, Marcel Schlutt, Nicholas Fox Ricciardi and Gio Black Peter.


The film is about a zombie named Otto who hitched a ride to Berlin and begins to explore the city. Otto is discovered by underground filmmaker Medea Yarn, who begins to make a documentary about him with the support of her girlfriend, Hella Bent, and her brother Adolf. Medea is trying to finish Up with Dead People, the epic political-porno-zombie movie that she has been working on and convinces its star, Fritz Fritze, to allow the vulnerable Otto to stay in his guest bedroom. Otto discovers that he has a wallet that contains information about his past life, remembering details about his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf. He arranges to meet him at the schoolyard where they met.



The film's soundtrack (released on CD and as a Limited Double LP on the Crippled Dick Hot Wax label) contains an eclectic selection of pieces by contemporary musicians. Among them: Antony and the Johnsons, CocoRosie, The Homophones, Othon Mataragas and Ernesto Tomasini.


Critical reception for Otto; or Up with Dead People has been negative and the film currently holds a rating of 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 20 reviews.[2]


Merlinka festival International Queer Film Festival, Belgrade Serbia - Best Queer Film


  1. ^ Otto; or, Up with the Dead People - Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  2. ^ "OTTO; OR UP WITH DEAD PEOPLE (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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