Boys from County Hell
Vampire horror-comedy has language, gory violence, drinking.
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Boys from County Hell
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Boys from County Hell is a vampie horror-comedy set in rural Northern Ireland with gory violence and strong language throughout. The action centers around a road crew led by Eugene (Jack Rowan) and his father Francie (Nigel O'Neill), who ostracize themselves from their community when they agree to begin work on a disruptive bypass, something which also disrupts the grave of legendary local vampire Abhartach (Robert Strange). While not role models, Eugene and Francie are brave and care for each other, along with the friends and colleagues who are drawn into the chaos. There is little diversity, but Claire (Louisa Harland) is among the road crew's number and is treated as an equal. In keeping with the horror genre, multiple characters meet grisly deaths. The violence is frequent and bloody -- although it's often played for comic effect -- as the crew try to figure out the best way to kill a new wave of vampires who attack and feed on the blood of their victims. Strong and frequent language includes "c--t," variants of "f--k," and the British slur "wanker." Alcohol also features regularly as Eugene's and others' drinking causes some problems in the early part of the movie. There are also passing references to drug use including cocaine.
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What's the Story?
BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL pits a quarreling crew of Northern Irish workmen against the chaos unleashed at a local vampire's grave site.
Is It Any Good?
This spirited horror-comedy, that is as much a monster movie as it is a vampire flick, might not offer much new, but it has a good time doing it nonetheless. Boys from County Hell finds Jack Rowan cast as the feckless Eugene, who is tasked with saving the day as those around them lose their heads -- and various other body parts. While there might be more cliches than vampires at times, director and co-writer Chris Baugh still makes sure that the action moves along at pace, even if the majority of the humans' altercations with the undead take place in dimly lit fields and abandoned buildings that aren't especially good at drawing us in.
It's impossible to avoid comparisons with Shaun of the Dead, which delivered both more laughs and plot twists. But while Boys from County Hell can't compete with one of the kings of the horror-comedy genre, it does manage a neat snapshot of the kind of remote communities that both resent and rely upon myths and legends to attract visitors. Throw in some unexpected novelty deaths, along with a few chucklesome moments, and there's enough here to sink your fangs into.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the violence in Boys from County Hell. Did the blood and gore seem over the top? Did the comedic tone of the movie make the violent scenes less impactful? If so, why? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?
Talk about the strong language used. Did it seem necessary or excessive? Was it needed to make the story more realistic?
Did you find the movie more scary or funny? How did it compare to other vampire movies you've seen?
How was drinking and drug use depicted in the movie? Were they glamorized? Did the characters need to do these things to look cool? What were the consequences?
- On DVD or streaming: April 22, 2021
- Cast: Jack Rowan, Nigel O'Neill, Louisa Harland
- Director: Chris Baugh
- Studio: Shudder
- Genre: Horror
- Topics: Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time: 88 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 25, 2023
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