Movies In Focus has seen Chris Baugh’s brilliant horror-comedy Boys From County Hell – and it delivers everything that you would ever want from a vampire film set in rural Ireland (read the full review). Baugh’s pic was supposed to hit cinemas in Ireland and the UK on 18 June 2021 – but it is now set to be released on 6 August 2021.
If you’re excited about Boys From County Hell and disappointed by the release delay, you might want to listen to my chat with Chris Baugh on the Movies In Focus podcast.
The plot sees a group of friends unlocking a vampire from its tomb in rural Ireland. An added touch is that the vampire, Abhartach, is said to have inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. What’s not to like about the sound of that?
aWelcome to Six Mile Hill, a sleepy Irish backwater whose only claim to fame is the somewhat dubious local legend that Bram Stoker once spent a night in the local pub. It’s home to Eugene Moffat, a young man who fills most of his days drinking pints with his friends and pranking tourists who come to visit the gravesite of Abhartach, a legendary Irish vampire some believe to have inspired ‘Dracula.’
When a personal tragedy forces Eugene to go and work for his gruff, no-nonsense father he finds himself on the site of a controversial new road development that threatens to destroy the town’s livelihood. But strange events unfold when Eugene and the crew tear down a famous cairn believed to be the final resting place of Abhartach and they soon come under attack from a sinister force that has infected one of their workmates. As the night closes in The Boys must fight for survival while discovering the true horror of a myth that hits much closer to home than any of them realise…