I was contacted by Alok Mishra, one of the producers of this film, 1BR. I read an article from moviemaker.com about the obstacles the movie had to overcome to make the movie. Alok was working with his friend Shane Vorster and they found a director, David Marmor, who had written a script for the film. Things seemed to be going well, casting a TV actress and her friend, but after a gigantic fire called the “Skirball fire” that kept them from their production location and had to move it to Alok’s home. Then there were issues with the cast and they lost the lead actress and her friend that had been hired from her recommendation. The woman playing the elderly woman in the film had just lost her husband and she had to drop out of the movie as well.
Luckily, they found their lead in Nicole Brydon Bloom and things began to come together again. Nicole was a talented actress and they were pleased to have her on board. Then one of the 3 production trucks was stolen, but the thief was caught by police. Then they had the film completed and premiered at the Fantasia Fest in Montreal and acquired distribution through Dark Sky Films. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and shut down the planned 10-theater theatrical run. But all of those issues are over and the film was out on Netflix and was one of the top movies as well as a great score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Now onto the review…
The movie is focused on Sarah, a young woman who recently came to Los Angeles to get into costume design and works a boring office job. She finds a one bedroom apartment at a nice complex and attends an open house for the vacant apartment. She continues working at the office and finds out that she was chosen to be the new tenant and get the apartment. One thing that she failed to mention was having a cat.
She is surprised to find over the first few days to have a hard time sleeping with noises keeping her awake. Things quickly escalate during her time in her new 1 bedroom apartment. Even though this film has been out since 2020, I don’t know if you have seen it, so I won’t spoil things for my readers.
The cast and crew did a great job in this film. I recognized Giles Matthey from True Blood and Naomi Grossman from American Horror Story: Freak Show. It was great to see people that I recognized from two popular horror TV shows, and it certainly added some sense of horror cred to the film. I was amazed by the acting of Nicole Brydon Bloom. She did a wonderful job playing Sarah and portraying her having to endure some difficult things throughout the film. The story was not what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised by the writing not making everything predictable like so many others do in this day and time. I’m very proud of being given the chance to review this film by Alok Mishra, the producer that had to play host to the production of the film. He and the crew were great and I hope and expect more great stories and filming to come from the people behind the film.
You should definitely check out this film on Netflix and any other streaming service it might be on. It is definitely worth the watch and I recommend choosing this over many other suspense/horror films out there.
Rating: 9 out of 10 zombie thumbs up