Is it possible to come back from the dead?
Within the lobby of the Park City’s Egyptian Theater we spied an early one-sheet for Bruce LaBruce’s Otto; or, Up With Dead People and snapped off a photo. We’re still trying to process exactly what we saw at the screening (we were not thrilled) but we’ll tell you this: It’s not at all what you expect.
Otto is a handsome, sensitive, neo-Goth zombie with an identity crisis. He looks and smells like a zombie but isn’t certain that he is one. He wanders the streets of the city, never sleeping, until one day–as he is being harassed by hooligans–he ducks into an alley and spots a poster announcing auditions for a zombie film. He soon meets aspiring filmmaker/revolutionary Medea Yarn, who is convinced that Otto, as a confused zombie, is the perfect embodiment of the effects of advanced capitalism on individuals. Medea begins to make a film about Otto, while simultaneously shooting a film about a gay zombie revolt against consumerist society. After moving in with an actor, Otto begins to remember fragments of his pre-zombie life with a sweet boyfriend. As Medea directs the final, orgiastic scene of her gay zombie film, Otto struggles to access the human emotions buried beneath his zombie exterior.