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1BR

Searching for the perfect one-bedroom apartment is like looking for a needle in a haystack. If you manage to locate the near-impossible find, then what? Sarah (Nicole Brydon Bloom), like most, seems to think she’ll live happily ever after once she’s scored the perfect Hollywood pad. But it’s too good to be true, of course. Things unravel quickly, escalating from a loud noise here and a nosey neighbor there to a full-on pet homicide before the big reveal. Sarah has been recruited into a cult unwittingly. The reveal, which seems a natural end point, comes only 45 minutes into writer-director David Marmor’s movie, leaving the back half for a more compelling rumination on California’s history as America’s cult-laden capital. 1BR’s unique timeline paired with its palpable tension makes for a memorable addition to the horror-movies-about-cults catalog. The question is, is Sarah a susceptible target or a scrappy survivor? Find out.

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