Here’s a film I’ve been looking forward to watching since I came across it at last year’s Nightstream Film Festival in October, and last week the trailer for Boys from County Hell was released. The film, premiering on Shudder as a Shudder Exclusive in the U.S. and Canada on April 22, is set in Ireland.
Strange events unfold in Six Mile Hill – a sleepy Irish town claiming to have been traveled by the famed author Bram Stoker – when construction on a new road disrupts the alleged grave of Abharatach, a legendary Irish vampire said to have inspired Dracula. These deadly forces terrorize the work crew led by Francie Moffat (Nigel O’Neill) and his son Eugene (Jack Rowan), a free-spirited young man who prefers pints to pickaxes, and they’re forced to fight to survive the night while exposing the horror that resides in the town’s local myths.
The film, written and directed by Chris Baugh, stars Jack Rowan (Peaky Blinders), Nigel O’Neill (The Bookshop), Louisa Harland (Derry Girls), Fra Fee (Animals), John Lynch (The Banishing) and Michael Hough (who will be in the upcoming series Chapelwaite, created by Stephen King). Find the trailer here:
Boys from County Hell is produced by Brendan Mullin of Six Mile Hill Productions and Yvonne Donohoe for Blinder Films, and executive produced by Katie Holly for Blinder Films, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Rian Cahill for Automatik, and Lesley McKimm for Screen Ireland. The film is a co-production between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and was supported by Endeavor Content, Screen Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, and Egg Post Production.
I love the look of the film as it blends comedy and horror. I’ve also never heard of the Irish vampire Abharatach, so bringing his legend into a horror film sounds like a great premise. The film releases on Shudder on April 22 in the U.S. and Canada.