Otto or, Up with Dead People

Otto or, Up with Dead People [2008]
A young zombie named Otto appears on a remote highway. He has no idea where he came from or where he is going. After hitching a ride to Berlin and nesting in an abandoned amusement park, he begins to explore the city. Soon he 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, who operates the camera. Meanwhile, Medea is trying to finish "Up with Dead People," the epic political-porno-zombie movie that she has been working on for years. She convinces its star, Fritz Fritze, to allow the vulnerable Otto to stay in his guest bedroom. When Otto discovers that there is a wallet in his back pocket that contains information about his past, before he was dead, he begins to remember a few details, including memories of his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf. He arranges to meet him at the schoolyard where they met, with devastating results.

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. A mash-up of genres and media, Otto is about an alienated youth in an increasingly brutal society. The film is composed of a fractured narrative that includes films-within-the-film, illustrations and text, and even some dance choreography and movement, combined with stock footage and inter-titles, to create a new zombie mythology, an allegory for our troubled times.


  1. sounds interesting...surprised i have never heard of this.
    by the way, i put up some zombie edits in my blog for you.

  2. Your comment made me happy.
    Thank you!

  3. This dude's look is great. Very creepy, but "real" if you take my meaning

  4. @rachel, very nice... if you want i can turn you into one of my zombies?

    @li, i am glad i made you smile or happy or both...

    @joel,yes i have only seen clips and trailer...


  5. hahaha, i just asked you in another comment if you would do a picture for me if i gave you one....and then read your response here haha...

  6. @rachel,
    you betcha! i would love to use a photo of you and give it a zombie touch up, i will email you...

  7. Hi Zombie!

    thanks for your comment! I like your blog, and I plan to watch Otto soon. thanks again!


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