4.5/10
379
13 user 17 critic

The Happy House (2013)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror | 3 May 2013 (USA)
Trailer
1:41 | Trailer
Their relationship on the rocks, a young Brooklyn couple heads to a remote B&B to work things out. But from the moment they arrive at The Happy House it's one disaster after another, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

When Alan's wife flakes on a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, he's joined by his all too eager brother-in-law Mike on a trip to Nicaragua's 'Mercado Village,' a hipster resort for American tourists. As the two settle in, they meet Barbara, an American ex-pat who co-founded Mercado Village years earlier as a utopian haven for artists and free spirits. As Alan's relationship with Barbara ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Briganti
Stars: Aya Cash, George Basil, Brandon Scott
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Mary is a substance abuse counsellor with a drinking problem. After getting arrested for drunk driving and losing her job, Mary returns to her hometown where she learns that her estranged ... See full summary »

Director: Molly McGlynn
Stars: Aya Cash, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Melanie Nicholls-King
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Former high school friends run into each other years later and drunkenly decide to make good on their promise to marry each other if they're both still single by 30 - Only to discover too ... See full summary »

Director: Cat Rhinehart
Stars: Arturo Castro, Aya Cash, Josh Brener
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Hours before her sister is taken off life support, new mother Dom (Aya Cash) is offered an unexpected opportunity to make a trade.

Director: Annabel Oakes
Stars: Thomas Lennon, Aya Cash, Amy Okuda
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The Bits in Between follows the ups and downs of a group of friends who are all in some way pursuing a career in acting or comedy in New York City. Over two days, we watch them bomb and ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Kuell, Jennifer Cobb
Stars: Josh Alexander, Valentine Bureau, Aya Cash
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Two male actors/close friends want to jumpstart their careers. They end up making a big shot producer think that they have a hot script that everyone wants to get their hands on. The 2 men ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Rapp
Stars: Ivan Martin, Michael Godere, Marisa Tomei
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Barbara Hoffman is a University of Wisconsin science student. She is a part-time employee at a local massage parlor. She is also a killer. Now all Detective Lulling has to do is prove it.

Director: Eric Mandelbaum
Stars: Thora Birch, Keith Carradine, Brendan Sexton III
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and the wild spurts of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.

Directors: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
Stars: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Off Jackson Avenue is an interwoven crime story set in New York City involving a Mexican woman who has been tricked into sex-slavery by an Albanian pimp and must find a way to break out; A ... See full summary »

Director: John-Luke Montias
Stars: Jessica Pimentel, Stivi Paskoski, Jun Suenaga
Social Animals I (2018)
Comedy

A childless, single, broke, stoner attempts to salvage her failing business and love life while falling in love for the first time with a married man.

Director: Theresa Bennett
Stars: Josh Radnor, Carly Chaikin, Samira Wiley
The Oranges (2011)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.

Director: Julian Farino
Stars: Leighton Meester, Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A man crossing Maine at the end of a solo cross country bicycle trip strikes up an unlikely friendship with an ex-Marine and his oddball younger sister. At the same time he reconnects remotely with his estranged but dying father in Germany.

Director: D.W. Young
Stars: Oliver Henzler, Michael Rabe, Sophie Simpson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Joe
...
...
Hildie
...
Linda
...
Hverven
...
Skip
...
Desmond
...
Ronnie
...
Deputy Marvin
...
Jane
Luca B. Henzler ...
Max
Edit

Storyline

Their relationship on the rocks, a young Brooklyn couple heads to a remote B&B 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. Written by Happy House

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's the B&B you always dreaded. And that's on a normal day.

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 May 2013 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,756, 5 May 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,311, 5 May 2013
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Bringing Up Baby (1938) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
charming performances don't quite save it
29 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

D.W. Young's "The Happy House" is a mixed bag. The actors and performances are quite charming and several notches above those found in most super-low budget HD features like this (the female lead is especially effective). It is also well shot and the sound is good.

The story starts as a variation on Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" with some "Tucker and Dale vs Evil" overtones. However, Young's screenplay is all set up and no follow through and degenerates from quirky to sub-par dull about ¾ of the way through. IMDb shows that Young's previous films and videos have been shorts, and the construction of this story bears that out—there's only about 45 minutes of story crammed into this hour and a half.

It's not mentioned on IMDb, but I'd bet that the majority of Young's experience is in live theatre and not film. I say this because he obviously has a talent for working with actors and getting the best out of them—this is an area where low budget films are usually at their weakest, but it is HH's greatest strength. Young also seems uncomfortable with film editing, which makes much of the movie seem like an adapted stage play. He prefers very long, static shots, as though the camera was set up at the edge of a stage and just left to run while the actors stand or sit in one spot and talk. While this does often show off the skills of the actors-- who interact in these dialog-heavy sequences with a rhythm and naturalness that rarely rings false— it doesn't allow the protracted scenes to be edited for pace and is undeniably boring from a visual standpoint. And when young does employ standard editing—over the shoulder shots or povs—they are clumsily handled, as if he didn't really want to insert them, but felt he had no choice. Also, when locations shift between sequences, the screen simply fades to black and then back up again, like a curtain falling and rising. However this technique seems less like a stylistic choice and more like an "I'm doing it this way because I don't know another way to get from here to there."

Anyway, I don't want to sound like I'm ragging on the film. Young does many, many things right. As I said before, he gets very good performances out of his actors (and we all know that horrible acting is usually a low budget film's major weakness).

This movie was just a third of a screenplay and one professional editor away from being a classic indie comedy-horror flick along the lines of Ti West's "The Innkeepers." I look forward to more from all the folks involved in "The Happy House."


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page