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by Indiewire
February 28, 2012 9:30 AM
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Project of the Day: 'The Happy House' is Anything But.

"The Happy House"

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 | March 6, 2012 11:22 AMReply

    I vote for The Happy House!

  • rhonda sturtz | March 3, 2012 12:01 PMReply

    yes i vote for this one--love to see more

  • ira schloss | March 3, 2012 10:45 AMReply

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

  • linda revenson | March 2, 2012 11:04 PMReply

    looks like an interesting movie.

  • Stacie | March 2, 2012 4:44 PMReply

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

  • Rosemarie Zens, Berlin, March 2, 2012 | March 2, 2012 2:37 PMReply

    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 | February 29, 2012 5:39 PMReply

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

  • Mickey lawrence | February 28, 2012 4:53 PMReply

    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 | February 28, 2012 4:15 PMReply

    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.