Boys from County Hell Movie Review
I’d say vampires come with an Irish accent, but they don’t do much talking in Boys from County Hell, a movie that offers a much more savory bite than its title would suggest. Though billed as a horror-comedy, Boys takes its horror seriously, offering up plenty of feast-worthy gore, menacing creature design, and a splendidly entertaining story.
Set in a small town that features the alleged grave of the ancient Irish vampire that inspired Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, the movie follows a young, aimless man (Jack Rowan) who becomes the unlikely last defense for his friends and family when an unkillable evil awakens.
Writer/director Chris Baugh operates with a free-wheeling and whimsical brush, the story and screenplay playful with its subject matter. The eclectic cast, led by Rowan, Nigel O’Neill, and Louisa Harland, form a motley crew; you couldn’t ask for better casting for a movie like this.
Boys from County Hell takes a little while to get going (aside from the excellent opening sequence), but once it does it makes for a satisfying, blood-drenched vampire film. The main vampire in Boys is a little different than most, its powers and appearance (which is largely kept to the shadows) a fulfilling twist on the genre. While the movie isn’t scary, Baugh is generous with the blood flow, gore, and violence.
Boys from County Hell is an entertaining, flightful, and bloody vampire flick, and while it may not be the next Interview with a Vampire, it’s a rewarding 90-minute experience.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.