Praise for D.W. Young's THE HAPPY HOUSE
"A wonderfully droll horror comedy with a memorably weird cast of characters."
- David Noh, Film Journal
"Young pulls an impressive hat trick with a horror-comedy that's authentically misleading until a pivotal moment. It runs the tonal gamut from a Jarmuschian portrait of youthful stasis to a comedy of remarriage to a fish-out-of-water sitcom to a satire of contemporary America." - Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"Entertaining and rewarding. Absolutely charming." - Badass Digest
"With a taut script that blends terror and comedy with a rather shockingly assured hand... The Happy House is chock full of interesting performances and, for those who go along for the ride visually (like this writer most certainly did), this will be a really great and perfectly toned thriller comedy." - Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
"Likable. 30 Rock vet Marceline Hugot is indelible as the B&B's cheery proprietor."
- Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice
"A Shocking Success! A unique melding of light comedy and dark suspense, THE HAPPY HOUSE is a pleasant and likable film that soars when D.W. Young focuses on playing with his audiences' expectations. Smart writing and a collection of wonderful performances."
– Doug Tilley, Daily Grindhouse
"Achieves a clever, sneaky rhythm. If the first half ultimately succeeds as a kind of mild-mannered purgatory, equal parts Full House and The Exterminating Angel, it is the second half descent into an honestly involving slasher film that solidifies Young’s quirky little experiment.." - Nathan Bartlebaugh, The Film Stage
"The surprising quietness of this horror film somehow works: it adds a touch of irony to the otherwise largely familiar tropes on screen." - Emma Bernstein, Indiewire
"One of the 10 Summer Horror Films on Our Radar. Why? Because these things are innately terrifying: B&B's, cuckoo clocks, lepidopterists in khaki vests, and eating dinner with strangers." -Tess Lynch, Grantland
"The self-awareness at play in this movie is refreshing and honest. The in-jokes for genre fans are subtle, hidden in the background, not laid out brazenly on the table. This is a GREAT late addition to 2013's killer class of horror brilliance. I cant wait to see it again."
- Horror Punks
"Finally, the comedy/horror film this reviewer has been waiting for. 'The Happy House' is original in every way, shape, and form." - Edge
"It is dark and funny and terrifying and weird and very Lynchian- in all the best possible ways." - IGN DigiGods
"A lot of charm... a relationship rom-com meets the man of your worst nightmare, with a whole group of off-the-cuff-and-off-the-wall characters bounding around the periphery."
- James van Maanen, Trust Movies
"Beautifully made, well shot and well-acted. But there's a twist to this movie. And when it changes gears, it's really cool, really interesting and really badass. Brilliant!"
- Scott Geiter, Gruesome Herzogg Radio
"A fresh mixture of colorful characters, questionable manners, and rusty, suddenly-new-again horror conventions." - Dustin Putman, dustinputman.com
"Young incorporates some interesting ideas, consistently avoiding or subverting clichés... horror movie fans might enjoy the ways it tweaks genre conventions, especially an inspired bit at the climax." - J.B. Spins
"Marceline Hugot is a hoot as the Bible-spouting proprietress!"
- Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
"A well-lit, cheeky black-horror comedy." - Interview Magazine