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1BR is a solid horror movie you should be streaming right now

1BR is a solid horror movie you should be streaming right now

Horror movies like 1BR is the perfect cure for the summer blues. I mean, who wants to be out in the heat when they can sit in the air conditioner and watch a horror movie that causes chills, am I right?

Now, even though I like the traditional go-tos (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Scream, etc.), I have a deep, enduring passion for newer, unique “little” movies; you know, those who do not get a big theatrical spread, and end up streaming shortly after the film festival debut.

1BR is one such film, made by a first-time writer / director (David Marmor) and two first-time producers (Alok Mishra and Shane Vorster). The main character Sarah is played by Nicole Brydon Bloom, in her feature film debut.

You might think there would be some challenges in making a movie with so many beginners, and you would be right in thinking so. Alok Mishra wrote a piece for MovieMaker Magazine outlining the many problems and setbacks1BR met on the road to success. In addition to the fact that their original protagonist withdrew, there was a fire and a vehicle theft, but Mishra can tell that story much better than me, so you can read it here.

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1BR – with permission from Alok Mishra

1BR is one of those horror movies that sneaks up on you.

I went into it without knowing much about it at all, and I expected it to be a stalker-good. A young woman named Sarah moves into a small apartment in a close-knit complex, where the residents seem to be super friendly and regularly gather for parties. Sure, there are several poorly patched spots on the wall in the new location, but an affordable apartment is hard to find these days!

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Suddenly, Sarah hears strange noises at night, and she is suspicious of a man with an eye patch who lives in the complex. On the other hand, sweet, helpful Brian catches her attention, and she trusts him immediately. The other residents are interesting, quirky and diverse characters, and each of them makes it a point to smile and greet Sarah every time they cross her path.

But a nasty note is placed under Sarah’s front door about the cat she’s sneaked into her new graves, and that’s weird, right? Oh, and the tiny spoiler warning: Do not attach yourself too much to the cat, you know how things go in horror movies.

Sarah invites a cheeky new colleague overnight, and confides in her that she gets weird vibes, and considers moving out. That is when everything we think we know is abolished, and 1BR becomes Sarah’s tense, gruesome struggle to survive, both mentally and physically. Hold on to your hats, friends, it’s going to be pretty brutal and bloody.

The story is captivating on its own, but the actor’s performance rises 1BR outside the realm of just another indie horror movie. Especially Nicole Brydon Bloom is amazing. As producer Mishra said, “she can seriously cry eight different ways.” She makes you care about Sarah, and there were times when I felt like I was standing right next to her, feeling what she was feeling and messing with her.

Actress Susan Davis as Miss Stanhope gives a vulnerable and sympathetic appearance, Giles Mattheys Brian is laid back and realistically friendly (until he is not), and Taylor Nichols is great as the scary apartment manager Jerry.

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I also have to give crazy props to actor Clayton Hoff, who plays the silent one-eyed Lester, possibly the most mysterious character at the beginning of the film. Honestly, there is not a weak performance in the film.

Now that you know how much I thought about this movie, please watch it. 1BR can be streamed on a variety of platforms, including Shudder, Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Have you seen 1BR? If so, give us your mini review in the comments section.

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