BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL on Shudder is a new horror-comedy from Ireland. It’s a vampire movie that takes place in the birth town of Bram Stoker himself. Read our full Boys from County Hell movie review here!

BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL is a new horror movie on Shudder that uses very dark comedy throughout. Fair warning though; This isn’t the classic horror-comedy that you know from Shaun of the Dead or even Happy Death Day.

Instead, this Shudder addition has many very dark and sad moments. Plus some comedy here and there!

Continue reading our Boys from County Hell movie review here!

Forget all the vampire myths

Oh yeah, Boys from Country Hell is very much a vampire story. Also, it plays out in a small town best known for being the birthplace of Bram Stoker. You know, the author of Dracula. In fact, it’s the main tourist attraction in a town that doesn’t have much else going for it.

Unfortunately, all the Vampire rules you know from various movies do not really apply here. Something the people in the town learn when confronted with vampires. An ancient Irish vampire is awakened and all hell breaks loose.

Actually, much of the comedy does come from the characters learning that they have no idea what to do. They try all the classic “how to kill a vampire” myths, but it’s just not that easy.

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Great casting all around

The cast of Boys from County Hell is really spot-on in all aspects. We have Jack Rowan as the main protagonist, Eugene Moffat, who tries to do the right thing but tends to miss his mark a bit. Playing his dad, Francie Moffat, we have Nigel O’Neill (Game of Thrones) who delivers a stellar performance as well.

He has some great one-liners and continues to surprise. I will say that I am very happy that subtitles were available since I’m not very strong in Irish slang and expressions. Sure, you can guess most of it, but definitely not everything.

Also in the cast is the brilliant Louisa Harland (Derry Girls) and Fra Fee, who will be in the upcoming Marvel series Hawkeye. Finally, I have to mention John Lynch, who you might know from The Fall or The Terror series. Also, we recently saw him in the HBO series The Head and the Shudder movie The Banishing.

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Chris Baugh is the writer and director of Boys from County Hell. It’s based on a story he came up with along with Breandan Mullin which was made into a short film back in 2013. They also co-wrote the crime action drama Bad Day for the Cut (2017) which was also directed by Chris Baugh. 

From the short film to the 2017 feature film and now this Shudder addition, all productions have rather impressive IMDb user ratings. If the other movies are anywhere near the level of this one, then I can certainly see why.

If you enjoy character-driven horror movies with solid timing when it comes to both scares and laughs, then do check out Boys from County Hell on Shudder. Especially if you’re also a fan of vampire movies. This one has quite a lot going for it!

Boys from County Hell is out on Shudder on April 22, 2021.

Details

Director: Chris Baugh
Writer: Chris Baugh
Stars: Jack Rowan, Nigel O’Neill, Louisa Harland, Fra Fee, John Lynch, Michael Hough

Plot

Strange events unfold in Six Mile Hill – a sleepy Irish town that claims to have been traveled by the famed author Bram Stoker – when construction on a new road disrupts the alleged grave of Abhartach, a legendary Irish vampire said to have inspired Dracula. Deadly and sinister forces terrorize the work crew led by Francie Moffat and his son Eugene, a free-spirited young man who prefers pints to pickaxes, and they’re forced to fight to survive the night while exposing the true horror that resides in the town’s local myth.

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
Karina "ScreamQueen" Adelgaard