The Happy House (2013)




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A young Brooklyn couple whose relationship is on the rocks heads upstate to a remote B&B to work things out. The plan is ill conceived from the start. Arriving at The Happy House, they soon begin to suspect they've wandered into a real life horror movie. From there events go 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. (c) Official FB
Comedy , Horror
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Aya Cash
as Wendy
Oliver Henzler
as Hverven
Curtis Shumaker
as Deputy Marvin
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Critic Reviews for The Happy House

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

The film, a sleepy, low-budget affair, merely enacts a series of horror movie clichés, as if that were enough. Its bland actors and wit-free script do nothing with the familiar elements but present them.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

The only surprises in D.W. Young's tiny low-budget debut are how mildly he satirizes this thinnest of genres and how sincerely he treats his clichéd characters.

Full Review… | April 30, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

Wonderfully droll horror comedy with a memorably weird cast of characters.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Film Journal International

"The Happy House" is nothing if not a fresh mixture of colorful characters, questionable manners, and rusty, suddenly-new-again horror conventions.

Full Review… | April 29, 2013

D.W. Young navigates his varying moods with an ease that's particularly impressive for a director making his feature debut, but he never capitalizes on his ability to coax down our guard.

Full Review… | April 28, 2013
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Happy House

A really unusual and funny film. I was genuinely surprised by the way it plays out. And the cast is terrific.

Jennifer Wells
Jennifer Wells

I had so much fun seeing this film. It's quirky, funny, suspensful, smart. So many great characters - loved the innkeeper and her son, the butterfly guy and the academic sister. Well worth seeing!

Geoffrey Landsing
Geoffrey Landsing

Highly enjoyable genre bending film that deftly manages to juggle light and dark moments. Beautifully shot and cleverly scripted.

Lee Sims
Lee Sims

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