Adding to my long list of reasons to get a subscription to Shudder, the streaming service has acquired rights to horror comedy Boys From County Hell. The film premiered at Sitges International Film Festival and just recently for the inaugural Nightstream Film Festival, and is now set to premiere on Shudder next year. Written and directed by Chris Baugh, Boys from County Hell stars Jack Rowarn, Nigel O’Neill, Louisa Harland, Fra Free, and John Lynch.
So what’s it all about?
Welcome to Six Mile Hill, a sleepy town whose only claim to fame is that locals say Bram Stoker once spent a night in the local pub. It’s home to Eugene Moffat, who spends his days drinking pints with his friends and pranking tourists at the grave site of Abhartach — a legendary Irish vampire who may have inspired Stoker’s infamous Dracula. Sinister events unfold when Eugene and his father’s construction crew knock over Abhartach’s supposed resting place. When an infected workmate attacks them one night, the fight for survival begins. But stakes and garlic won’t defeat this primeval force. Eugene and the Boys must rally their wits to save the town and send this bloodthirsty monster back to hell.
If there were a walking tour of Six Mile Hill, I’d totally sign up for it. I guess I’ll just have to settle for watching this film. And I’m not the only one excited about this deal. < Director Chris Baugh is excited to be on Shudder, saying, “I’m delighted that BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL has found a North American home on Shudder. The film was made with a lot of passion and grit by many talented people, and so it’s a huge honour to have it presented by such a fearless curator of boundary-pushing genre programming.” So, if anyone is taking notes, a Shudder subscription is high on my holiday gift list.