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Happy Times acquired by Artsploitation Films

The horror/comedy is from director Michael Mayer.

Happy Times
Credit: Artsploitation Films

Artsploitation Films has acquired Happy Times by director Michael Mayer for North American release.

The horror/comedy, about a Shabbat dinner party that goes violently out of control, is slated for a film festival run this fall as well as Virtual Cinema screenings in select independent cinemas. VOD and DVD will follow.

Watch the trailer below:

Mayer, who made the 2012 gay romance Out in the Dark, also co-wrote this wildly over-the-top tale about an Israeli-American couple who invite friends and family over to their Hollywood Hills mansion for a dinner party. But a deadly mix of alcohol, inflated egos, inappropriate lust and raging jealousy turns the sedate affair into a cauldron of murderous mayhem.

Artsploitation’s Dylan Thomas said, “We are proud to present this wildly funny and imaginatively violently film to a variety of audiences – from adventurous Jewish film festivals to seasoned genre film lovers. But seriously, I see the film as a cautionary tale – beware who you invite over to dinner!”

Filmed with a mix of English and Hebrew, the film stars Israeli actor Michael Aloni (Out in the Dark, Netflix’s Shtisel), Shani Atias (Ten Days in the Valley, Shameless, MacGyver) Guy Adler (The Angel, Big Bad Wolves) and Israeli TV star Liraz Chamami (Manayek, Unchained, Asylum City, Malkot).


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