In D.W. Young’s new dark comedy THE HAPPY HOUSE, a young Brooklyn couple with relationship problems (Khan Baykal and Aya Cash) head upstate to a remote Bed & Breakfast 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 rapidly progress from weird to wacky to terrifying as they contend with the house’s batty owner (Marceline Hugot), 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.
Mixing elements of theater and genre into an absurdist horror romp, THE HAPPY HOUSE takes place in one big house with a zany assortment of characters. Featuring a talented ensemble of NY actors and at times deliberately and stubbornly old-fashioned, the film strives to reconnect low budget digital filmmaking with classic cinema, and revels in the uneasy potential of hybrid forms. Part drawing room comedy gone wrong, part oddball horror movie, THE HAPPY HOUSE is both a celebration and subversion of genre convention.
THE HAPPY HOUSE will screen at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe on October 18th at 12:00pm in Theatre 12 and on October 21st at 4:45pm in Theatre 10.
D.W. Young’s most recent film, the short NOT INTERESTED, premiered at SXSW in 2010. Other festivals include Sarasota, Provincetown, Vancouver, LA Shorts, Cleveland, and Maryland. NOT INTERESTED was also nominated for a 2010 Casting Society of America Artios Award. Young is also a co-producer on Peter Bolte’s upcoming feature ALL ROADS LEAD. He made his directorial debut with the award-winning documentary A HOLE IN A FENCE (First Run Features, 2008).
Khan Baykal previously collaborated with D.W. Young playing the lead in his short NOT INTERESTED. Other credits include DUPLICITY directed by Tony Gilroy. His television credits include “The Black Donnellys,” “Kidnapped,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Third Watch,” and “Blue Bloods.” Khan studied with Suzanne and Bill Esper at The William Esper Studio.
Aya Cash recently appeared in Mike Birbiglia’s Sundance hit SLEEPWALK WITH ME, and will be seen in the upcoming Judd Apatow produced film CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE?, as well as Martin Scorsese’s THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Her Broadway stage credits include The Atlantic Theater Company’s “Happy Hour” written by Ethan Coen, and the upcoming “Seminar” alongside Jeff Goldblum. Aya also played Callie in the Fox TV series “Traffic Light”.
Marceline Hugot has appeared in numerous films including ALICE, UNITED 93, FUR, JULIE & JULIA and THE MESSENGER. She has also been a regular on “30 Rock” since 2007 playing Kathy Geiss.