|The Happy House
A film by D.W. Young
80 minutes, color, English, 2013
Their relationship on the rocks, a young Brooklyn couple heads to a remote bed & breakfast to work things out. But from the moment they arrive at The Happy House it's one disaster after another, and they soon begin to suspect they've wandered into a real life horror movie. Events escalate from weird to terrifying as they contend with the house's batty owner, her imposing son, a moody Swedish lepidopterist, a pedantic English professor, an extraordinarily rare butterfly, the world's best blueberry muffins, a .44 Magnum, a demented serial killer, and one very strict rulebook.
Starring Khan Baykal (Duplicity), Aya Cash (Sleepwalk With Me, Can A Song Save Your Life?, The Wolf of Wall Street) and Marceline Hugot (United 93, 30 Rock).
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"Perversely unexpected humor! D.W. Young has created a puckishly diverting horror comedy with admirable poise and sneaky charm. A memorably weird cast make for some amazingly agreeable company." - 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." - Slant Magazine
"30 Rock vet Marceline Hugot is indelible as the B&B's cheery proprietor." - The Village Voice
"A shocking success! A unique melding of light comedy and dark suspense, The Happy House soars when D.W. Young focuses on playing with his audiences' expectations. Smart writing and a collection of wonderful performances." - Daily Grindhouse
"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." - Criterion Cast
"Entertaining and rewarding. Absolutely charming." - Badass Digest
"A well-lit, cheeky black-horror comedy." - Interview Magazine
"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."
"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
See details about this film's theatrical run.
• D.W. Young's short film Not Interested (SXSW 2010)