Project of the Day: ‘The Happy House’ is Anything But.

Project of the Day: 'The Happy House' is Anything But.

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

The Happy House

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

Elevator Pitch:
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.

Production Team:
Writer/Director: D.W. Young
Producer: Judith Mizrachy
Exec. Producers: Oliver Henzler, Evan Mizrachy, Dan Wechsler
Cinematographer: Arlene Muller

About the Production:
"The Happy House is an ambitious mix of theater and genre. It takes place almost entirely in one big house with a zany set of characters and many absurdist and drawing room comedy elements. Much of the mise-en-scene openly embraces this theatricality, with long takes and staging for depth. However, The Happy House is also part horror movie, and as the comedy breaks down there’s a bold visual shift to a darker and looser style (much of the film is lit exclusively by candlelight). What results is both a celebration and subversion of genre convention." – Judith Mizrachy

Current Status:
Post-Production – final sound mix

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page

The Happy House – Trailer from D.W. Young on Vimeo.

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Elaine Tannenbaum

I vote for The Happy House!

rhonda sturtz

yes i vote for this one–love to see more

ira schloss

i always have found butterflies to be among the scariest of nature's creatures!

linda revenson

looks like an interesting movie.


Looks like fun. Would love to see the final product.

Rosemarie Zens, Berlin, March 2, 2012

Can't wait to see the whole movie, being intrigued with suspense and humor of the diverse characters. Psychology and profound story telling seems to meet. The art of butterflies?

Melissa Goodhart

This looks worth checking out. I would certainly like to see this movie.

Mickey lawrence

Sounds like it isn't a run of the mill horror flick. An interesting mix of characters with a lepidopterist? Looking forward to seeing this on the big screen.

J b dunn

I think this trailer is promising. No cars blown up. No humans blown up. Suggests an actual plot, possibly some surprises that actually surprise. Curious about the lepidoptrist, like his outfit. I like the mix of parody and the sinister that flicker by.
Yes, I'd like to see it.

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