David Marmor’s feature debut is a taut and exhilarating thriller dealing in paranoia, community, and cults. Nicole Brydon Bloom stars as Sarah, a waifish young woman who has moved to LA to escape an overbearing father and in pursuit of her costume design dreams.
She stumbles upon an open house inside an apartment complex that is suspiciously, alarm-bell-ringingly perfect, and to her surprise, is offered the space. This being LA, nothing is what it seems at first glance. Shortly after moving in, she is plagued by debilitating sleep deprivation from noisy pipes that no one else can hear and one begins to wonder whether she chose this house or vice versa.
From here, the film takes its premise and runs with wild abandon, so much so that to describe it further would spoil it. Suffice it to say, this gruesome gem is chock full of brutal psychological and physical torture that will push you to your very limit and is an incredible examination of what some people will do to belong to a community, no matter how twisted and sinister the initiation. Bloom delivers a staggering performance of a woman in her descent to hell and Ronen Landa’s score goes a long way to imbue the action with full-throttle creepiness.
Paced at a break-neck clip, 1BR is one of those films that was made for the Beyond Fest crowd. Enjoy.
Director: David Marmor
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