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The Happy House

HD   NR Closed Captioning

D.W. Young

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The film, a sleepy, low-budget affair, merely enacts a series of horror movie cliches, as if that were enough. Its bland actors and wit-free script do nothing with the familiar elements but present them. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, May 3, 2013

Fresh: 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 cliched characters. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Apr 30, 2013

Rotten: 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. – Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine, Apr 29, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Good times

This is the most fun I've had at a horror movie in a long time -- it would startle me and make me laugh in the same moment. It doesn't fall into any easy categories. I found it funny, and refreshingly full of surprises -- and while it's more a commentary on horror movies than a traditional horror movie, parts of it are genuinely creepy. For a good time, Go. See it if you're tired of the same old thing.

A fun and suspenseful movie

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Happy House.
The characters, plot, and
Soundtrack are memorable long after watching this film.
A wonderful way to spend a cold dark and gloomy winter night.

What it is supposed to be and more

If you are watching and wanting The Happy House to be scary, then watch it another time. That is not to say that you will not be startled at moments, but The Happy House falls somewhere in-between satire and horror and does so in a much more honest and compelling way than others in this genre. Although it is clear that this movie was made on a small budget, the actors, in particular the butterfly catcher, the inn keeper and the main female lead are anything but.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2013

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