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Things don’t start off with much promise in “Boys from County Hell,” and they don’t get better as they go along. But it’s not for sake of trying, as it has virtually two introductions that show elderly people suddenly bleeding from the eyes while watching TV, and then a trio of Irish ruffians pranking Canadian tourists with an ominous pile of rocks, thought to be related to a history that inspired Bram Stoker'sDracula。游客立即沮丧，但当地人尤金（Jack Rowan), William (Fra Fee), and their burly buddy SP (Michael Hough) are satisfied, mostly because there’s nothing else to do in this part of Ireland. Joke all you want, but that mini-tower of jagged rocks is the most intriguing thing about this movie, ominously sitting in the field as Eugene’s father Francie works with his company to smash it down and turn it into a bypass.Little does anyone know what's underneath.
Baugh has numerous pliable story elements here, but the filmmaking lets them fall apart—the opening prank has the comedic wind-up of a walk in the woods, and like many other passages it mostly exists to dump exposition with heaps of clumsy ADR (dialogue recording for faraway or off-camera character moments that might as well be voiceovers). The first half of the movie is a slog, and that doesn’t change too much when William is suddenly killed by the rocks in an albeit surprising and gruesome way. But it’s a start, because at least that brings the story’s vampire elements to surface, after being buried under aforementioned charismatic rock pile an unknown amount of centuries ago. The film’s slim and bland cast of road workers (including Eugene’s friend and coworker Pauline [安德里亚欧文]) is then attacked by a bloodsucking force that diverges from Stoker’s famous Count Dracula when it comes to the rules. All of it is not the least bit eerie, though Baugh winds up a couple of surprising moments where things abruptly slam into frame. And despite all the drinking and even a designated burly sidekick who seems designed for jokes about such nature, it’s plainly not funny.
吸血鬼的故事可以这样死记硬背,它s noticeable when the rules are even slightly changed, and that's when “Boys from County Hell” shows a little spark. But this is more the clear case of a horror movie that forgets to have fun. It’s got vampires and spontaneous blood orifice fountains and slight subversions to the vampire hunting game, and yet those qualities are underwhelming too. Perhaps most damning is when it uses Dokken’s song “Dream Warriors”—the best of all “Nightmare on Elm Street” theme songs, and a practically Pavlovian indicator that awesomeness is nigh—both way late in the game and for a scene that hardly means anything. How do you get the rights for “Dream Warriors” on your soundtrack and then treat it like elevator music? “Boys from County Hell” finds a way.
Jack Rowanas Eugene Moffat
奈杰尔奥尼尔as Francie Moffat
Louisa Harlandas Claire McCann
Michael Houghas SP McCauley
约翰·林奇as George Bogue
Fra Feeas William Bogue
Morgan C. Jonesas Charlie Harte