The horror comedy can be difficult to make. But when done right, it can produce shocking results. In the haunted house sex farce “Happy“A lot of shocks are crammed into one neat package and arrive like an anniversary present with a dark secret.
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The idea for the film came from the writer and director BenDavid Grabinski, a screenwriter best known for his genre mashups (“Skiptrace, “”Cost of living“). His love for rom-coms and horror is the inspiration for “Happily”, but he also wanted to stage something that makes us think. So he hired “Twilight zone“For married couples who have a lot of sex involved.
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It’s safe to say that he finds a unique balance and never gets involved in any genre, with each element flirting with the other. The film is for those of us who enjoy a steamy rock-the-bed romance as much as watching a businessman murdered with a block of wood. It’s for those of us who want something different.
When we first met Tom (Joel McHale) and Janet (Kerry Bishe), it is clear that they are different from other married couples. They have sex everywhere, and I mean everywhere: in the kitchen, in the hallway, in the pantry. In their friend’s bathroom at a party, they almost cause a level 5 earthquake, shake the toiletries, and hit the sink violently. You’d think they got married last week, but they’ve actually been together for fourteen years.
“You’re going into the second round,” jokes her friend Karen, watching the couple leave the party. Tom and Janet’s friends talk a lot about their love life, which is fun at first but then gets mean and mean, and you wonder why these people hang out with them? Do they even like each other? No But that’s the least of Tom and Janet’s worries.
After the tone has changed from sex farce to moody mystery, from soft focus romance to hard focus Dutch angles, a man (Stephen Root) arrives at her door with a briefcase and explains that he works for the city and that they have a major malfunction – a rare double malfunction – that results in them being horny 24/7 and making love unconditionally. It can all be solved with a syringe, but Tom and Janet like it for who they are, resulting in a gruesome murder and a trip to a creepy Airbnb with their so-called “friends”.
The plot centers on the couple as they try to figure out who sent the businessman (could it be Prankster Karen?), Along with a nightmare they have about couples therapy. They hope to prove that their love is real and not a cosmic mistake. Love triangles are formed along the way, emotional confessions are made and expected, while a haunted house plays tricks on them.
It is not only the premise that defines this work, but also the execution of light comedy and heavy horror. The humor is humorous, the horror is terrible. “Happily” is based on genre conventions, but feels completely fresh. It is a journey and if you are ready to follow this journey to the end of the road it is well worth the journey. [B-]