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Otto: Or, Up With Dead People (Germany/Canada, 2008)

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If you like your zombies gay, sexually promiscuous and very, very hungry, Canadian provocateur Bruce LaBruce’s (The Raspberry Reich) latest work delivers the goods — and the entrails. While LaBruce probably fashions himself a spiritual descendent of previous bad-boy gay auteurs like Germany’s Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Rosa von Praunheim, he’s actually more of a rainbow-flag successor to sensationalist schlockmeisters like Doris Wishman or Herschel Gordon Lewis. Yet it’s precisely LaBruce’s in-your-face salaciousness that makes his agitprop exploitation films such a hoot. Otto himself (neurasthenic Jey Crisfar) is the least amusing aspect of the movie. Pardon the pun, but he’s a bit of a stiff. Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque. At 8:35 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 and 8:35 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1. HH 1/2

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