This Irish horror comedy attempts to re-write the lore of the vampire legend with enough twists and turns to engross even the most avid fan of the classic vamp tale.
A crew of hardy road workers, led by a bickering Father and Son, must survive the night when they accidentally awaken an ancient Irish vampire.
We follow the journey of Eugene, a son working with his father and largely failing to live up to his expectations since his mother’s death.
Their world’s change when a vampire is re-awakened in their small town, although this is not a vamp that plays by the established rules.
While Boys from County Hell has plenty of blood it also measures in some well-timed comedic beats that offset its more intense scenes.
The film also has a gut punch midway through which changes the landscape and tells you that everything you may know, may not apply here.
Although this is Eugene’s show, County Hell assembles a likeable group of characters to support and sometimes hinder his quest.
The vampire itself is largely kept off-screen but once it debuts the design is certainly worth the wait.
Boys from County Hell is an unconventional vampire film with the humour of a Shaun of the Dead plus plenty of gore. Highly recommended.
Boys from County Hell is released in UK cinemas on 6th August 2021.