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Boys from County Hell

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Vampire horror-comedy has language, gory violence, drinking.

Movie NR 2021 88 minutes
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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.

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