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A New Film from D.W. Young

Opens May 3 at Cinema Village in New York

Director D.W. Young and select cast members will be in person
for the Friday and Saturday 7pm shows on opening weekend
and are available for interviews. Additional Q&As TBA.

It’s the B&B you always dreaded, and that’s on a normal day

In D.W. Young’s new horror comedy THE HAPPY HOUSE, a young Brooklyn couple with relationship problems (Khan Baykal and Aya Cash) head upstate to a remote bed & breakfast to work things out. 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..

A low-budget absurdist horror romp, THE HAPPY HOUSE is both a celebration and subversion of genre convention. Featuring a talented ensemble of New York actors playing an assortment of zany characters all confined to a B&B full of cuckoo clocks, the film revels in the uneasy potential of hybrid forms. Playfully defying narrative expectation, often by blatantly embracing the most conventional of scenarios only to subtly undermine them, THE HAPPY HOUSE is part drawing room comedy gone wrong and part surreal nightmare. Much like in Young's 2010 short NOT INTERESTED, a festival circuit favorite that The Hollywood Reporter called "tension filled" and We Are Movie Geeks described as "a subtle venture into the comedy of the absurd," suspense and humor converge in memorably unexpected ways.

THE HAPPY HOUSE stars Khan Baykal (DUPLICITY, NOT INTERESTED) and Aya Cash (SLEEPWALK WITH ME, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET), and also features veteran actress Marceline Hugot (ALICE, UNITED 93, FUR, TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING JULIE NEWMAR), best known for her role as the eccentric Kathy Geiss on NBC’s “30 Rock”.

About the Director

D.W. Young’s previous film, the short NOT INTERESTED, premiered at SXSW in 2010 before screening at such festivals as Sarasota, Provincetown, Vancouver, LA Shorts, Cleveland, and Maryland. NOT INTERESTED was also nominated for a 2010 Casting Society of America Artios Award. His documentary short AMI UNDERGROUND (2009) was selected as the opening night short for the ever popular Movies With a View in Brooklyn Bridge Park and also screened in Paris as part of Festival Cinérail. Young also recently served as a producer on Peter Bolte's upcoming feature ALL ROADS LEAD. He made his directorial debut with the award-winning documentary A HOLE IN A FENCE (First Run Features, 2008), which chronicles the changing landscape of a small corner of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

To celebrate the New York opening of THE HAPPY HOUSE, an exhibition of
horror comedy posters will be on display at Posteritati Gallery
(239 Centre Street, NYC) beginning May 3. 

80 minutes, English, HD, Color, USA, 2012
Written and Directed by D.W. Young
Produced by Judith Mizrachy
Executive Producers: Oliver Henzler, Evan Mizrachy and Dan Wechsler
Director of Photography: Arlene Muller
Original Music: David Ullmann
Editor: D.W. Young
Casting by: Kim Moarefi, CSA
Production Designer: Greg Meola
First Assistant Director: Dita Gruze
Sound Mixer: Michael O'Heney

Cast: Khan Baykal, Aya Cash, Marceline Hugot, Kathleen McNenny,
Oliver Henzler,Mike Houston, Charles Borland, Stivi Paskoski

Press kit, photos, & more available at