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Back in September, director Dennis Iliadis more than made up for his useless remake of The Last House on the Left but giving us +1, or (Plus One), a film that wears its influences on its sleeve, and hat and shoes, but still largely feels like an original tale. If you haven’t yet caught the film on VOD and are waiting for a more substantial home release, you’re in luck. IFC Films announced they will release the film on Blu-ray and DVD on January 14, just in time for Orthodox New Year, for all of our Orthodox sci-fi fans.
This is one of the strangest parties you’ll ever see, and follows three friends (Rhys Wakefield, Ashley Hinshaw, and Logan Miller) who attend “the bash to end all bashes,” only to find themselves the unwitting duplicates of a host of doppelgänger that appear. +1, while not necessarily a film one would heap praise onto, makes a really entertaining movie from a truly terrible basic premise: a knockoff version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers all about teenagers and their problems with sex and identity. Dreadful on paper, the story was fleshed out quite well, and became instantly memorable once the shit hits the fan and the character molds are whittled out. The special features on the discs aren’t numerous, but they’ve got everything I’m looking for in a film like this.
And admittedly, it’s the commentary track that catches your attention. Though it doesn’t list who put their two cents into the track, an image of a DVD case online stated it was with Iliadis, but I guess that’s not confirmed. He’s the only one I’d want to hear from anyway, as he came up with the story, but I’d take screenwriter Bill Gullo as well. Any further insight into this convoluted story will be fun to hear. Since the cast is okay but not wonderful, I like that the only behind the scenes featurette is about the visual effects from the movie. How sad is it that I can barely remember any effects in the movie, beyond the doubled up bodies? (I think maybe Wakefield’s nose is CGI.) Anyway, the last feature viewers can look forward to is a set of deleted scenes. I can’t imagine a lot was cut out of this film that really mattered to the plot, but it’s possible there was a funny joke or something, as there was a thin layer of offbeat humor laid across the proceedings.
Check out the “who knows if it’s real” DVD cover and the trailer below and plan to pick it up in January. Of if you don’t want to do it, just send your body double.