Is there a less likely director than Canada's Bruce LaBruce to take the wheel of a zombie picture? Known for controversial and sexually explicit satire that rivals the great John Waters in his prime - his most recent film, The Raspberry Reich was equal parts Nazi comedy and gay porn - the zombie mythos seems a positively pedestrian topic for the Canadian maverick and yet LaBruce has done just that. Otto: Or, Up With Dead People is poised to be unleashed on audiences at the upcoming Sundance and Berlin film festivals, but don't expect standard zombie fare. Here's what he's got to say:
“Otto; or, Up with Dead People” is a melancholy zombie movie with political overtones that seeks to extend and elaborate the emerging zombie mythology.
A modern fable about the loneliness, emptiness, and alienation that results from rampant consumerism and materialism under advanced capitalism, “Otto; or, Up with Dead People” presents as its central character Otto, a young man who may or may not be a zombie, depending on your point of view. Otto is first seen walking down a deserted stretch of highway, not knowing exactly where he came from or where he’s going. He is dressed as a kind of neo-Goth dandy, but his clothes look and smell like they are rotting on his body. After hitching a ride with a clueless elderly couple that drops him off in the city, it quickly becomes apparent that there is something distinctly odd about Otto. He seems to be homeless, taking refuge in an abandoned amusement park, and he never sleeps.
He also has an eating disorder: he has an aversion to consuming human flesh. He’s a zombie with an identity crisis.
LaBruce has offered us an exclusive first look at the first teaser for the film in advance of it's Sundance appearance, you'll find it in all it's melancholic glory in the ScreenAnarchy Player embedded below the break.