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Grabbers
Trzeźwe potwory (2012)
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  • Director:
    Jon Wright
  • Category:
  • Writer:
    Kevin Lehane
  • Cast:
    Killian Coyle,Stuart Graham,Michael Hough
  • Time:
    1h 34min
  • Budget:
    £4,000,000
  • Year:
    2012
Police officer Lisa Nolan comes to Aran Island, Ireland, to take charge during a colleague's two-week holiday. Simultaneously, blood-thirsty, sea-dwelling aliens arrive at the quiet island to propagate. As dead whales wash up on shore and people start mysteriously disappearing, officers and a few locals slowly discover their peril along with one sure defense - high blood alcohol levels, which the aliens can't stomach. As a storm approaches, enabling hungry hatchlings access to the locals, an open bar kicks off a desperate bid for survival as inebriated police and friends stagger to remain cognizant long enough to thwart the alien invasion.
Casts
Cast overview, first billed only:
Killian Coyle Killian Coyle - Deckhand Greg
Stuart Graham Stuart Graham - Skipper
Michael Hough Michael Hough - First Mate Roy
Richard Coyle Richard Coyle - Garda Ciarán O'Shea
Ruth Bradley Ruth Bradley - Garda Lisa Nolan
Jonathan Ryan Jonathan Ryan - Sergeant Kenefick
Lalor Roddy Lalor Roddy - Paddy Barrett
Louis Dempsey Louis Dempsey - Tadhg Murphy
Pascal Scott Pascal Scott - Dr. Jim Gleeson
Russell Tovey Russell Tovey - Dr. Adam Smith
Ned Dennehy Ned Dennehy - Declan Cooney
Nick Chopping Nick Chopping - Daly
David Pearse David Pearse - Brian Maher
Bronagh Gallagher Bronagh Gallagher - Una Maher
Clelia Murphy Clelia Murphy - Irene Murphy

Trzeźwe potwory (2012)

While writer Kevin Lehane was backpacking across the world and being bit by mosquitoes, he heard the urban legend that eating Marmite (a vitamin B rich yeast spread) prevents mosquito bites. Hearing that, he wondered whether mosquitoes also got hungover from drunk people's blood. The thought stayed with him until he returned home and wrote the script for Grabbers based on the premise 'get drunk to survive'.

Before shooting, director Jon Wright took actors Richard Coyle and Ruth Bradley out drinking and filmed them while drunk. Ruth Bradley discovered many quirks about herself while drunk that she used in her performance.

The film's shot during the harshest winter in Ireland in over a hundred years. Uncharacteristic blizzards, gale force storms and sub-zero temperatures regularly hampered production, creating a difficult shoot.

The Grabber in this movie shares many characteristics of the Facehugger from the well-known Alien (1979) franchise starring Sigourney Weaver. The movie contains many allusions to the Aliens (1986) series, including recreating the famous scene where Sigourney Weaver takes on the Alien Queen in a futuristic forklift with the famous line "Get away from her you b**ch!"

Near the beginning of the film, there is a welcome sign for Errin Island. This features a cartoon sun exactly the same as the one on the holiday sign for Amity Island in Jaws (1975).

WILHELM SCREAM: In the beginning of the movie when the Skipper is grabbed overboard.

Gunos
Gunos
You have to love a movie that plays with stereotypes and uses them for the plot. Of course you could call this twist in the plot convenient, but that would take the fun out of it. Plus it does really feel genuine in the movie. Even the romantic aspect of it does work (which is even crazier than the story of the movie itself).

The movie is called Grabbers for a reason. And the reason will be revealed pretty early on. Of course the twist that I mention will take some time until it is discovered by the characters, but most people who watched it did realize it much earlier (could be that it was in the description of the movie, since I haven't read it, I couldn't tell you though). A really fun light little comedy, that is worth your time
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Workaholic Garda officer Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) takes a 2-week assignment on the small island of Erin while the town's sergeant is on vacation; she immediately runs across (and afoul of) fellow Garda Ciaran O'Shea (Richard Coyle), who both starts and ends his days with booze, a lot of it. Your typical drunken Irish cop, in fact. They are not destined to get along, but when bloodsucking aliens crash-land in the nearby ocean and start devouring the townspeople, Lisa and Ciaran have to work together to save the community. Teaming up with the English scientist, Dr. Adam Smith (Russell Tovey), and with Paddy Barrett (Lalor Roddy), one of the more sloshed senior citizens of the island, they make the stunning discovery that human blood, steeped in alcohol, is toxic to the bloodsucking creatures. A big storm is coming, and the Coast Guard can't come to the rescue; instead, it's up to our intrepid heroes to convince all the townsfolk that getting, and remaining, drunk for the whole night is a matter of life and death - literally.

One might bristle at the stereotype of the drunken Irishman (and woman), but when it's the Irish telling the stories on themselves, it's another matter altogether. This is a very funny movie, and even the bloodsucking creatures grabbing people and devouring them isn't gross, it's just kinda yucky. There were a few times when I jumped at an unexpected occurrence, which is always good in a monster movie, but there were a lot of times when I was laughing a lot too. Not to mention cheering from time to time....The leads are all terrific; I only know Tovey's work (from the excellent UK television series, "Being Human"), but I would make a point of looking out for more of Richard Coyle and Ruth Bradley, both of whom I liked a lot. My one quibble is that sometimes it was hard to understand what a character was saying, especially once they were all drunk as lords and slurring their words all over the place, but that's quite minor really, as the gist of the dialogue always came through. Definitely worth seeing, especially with a FantAsia crowd in Montreal!
Daigami
Daigami
I watched this movie expecting it to be a comedy. It is, but to a lesser extent than I was led to believe. Don't get me wrong, it has its share of humor, but if you take out the comedic elements, the film really stands up as a good low budget creature feature. Pleasantly surprising!

A simple script, no Oscar winning performances or intense dialog, but no over baked hams here either - except maybe in one or two spots where it's done intentionally for humor. The male and female leads were exceptional and they played their roles just right. They were endearing. The assortment of characters making up the island folk were spot on and I wanted to pop on down to the pub and buy them a round or two.

Although Grabbers borrows elements from a number of classic films in the genre, it never seems tired or cliché. I think that's due to it's understated nature and the originality it does have. Anything familiar is presented with respect and with it's own style.

A big nod to the writer and director on this one. Getting the balance this finely turned between comedy and horror isn't easy. American Werewolf in London had that, but not many others. I don't quite think this compares with that classic, but it's got that certain 'something' that will grab you.

Low budget is where you'll find the gems in this genre and Grabbers is top notch. A perfectly balanced, thoroughly enjoyable movie. If you like the genre, don't miss it.
Bladecliff
Bladecliff
When one thinks of creature features, you generally associate them with small towns situated somewhere in the American heartland: some rural place where a handful of locals must fend off/barricade themselves against some rampaging monstrosity. Generally, you don't usually tend to associate 'monster on the loose' movies with Ireland… That is until now: because that's exactly what you've got here: a monster flick that while not actually set in Ireland, is actually located on one of its many small islands - 'Erin Island' to be precise. Garda Ciarán O'Shea (Richard Coyle) - Garda is what Irish police officers are called, by the way – and his colleague look after all things law related on Erin Island. When his colleague goes on holiday, rookie Garda Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) is sent from the mainland to replace him for two weeks.

The only problem is her arrival coincides with something that has fallen to earth from space, which also contains a semi aquatic form of alien life. This strange creature then goes on the offensive and proceeds to snack on all the locals – drinking their blood. It's up to the small local police contingent of O' Shea and the rookie Nolan to figure out that the creature needs rain to move on land. The only problem is, with a bad storm coming in that will completely isolate them and the locals on the island, the outlook is not good; but somehow they discover a somewhat unorthodox way of protecting them and everyone against the creature – sort of. Lots of inventive high jinks and monster attacks ensue along with enough blarney and banter to make your head spin.

It is fair to say that the director and/or writer may have had one too many themselves when they dreamed up this concept. Admittedly, with a title like that, you're not going to know what you're getting yourself into. While it isn't exactly a comedy, it isn't completely a horror movie either. You get a mixture – for every one-liner, there's a decapitation or messy slaughter thrown in. Tone –wise, it's somewhere in between and comparable to other similar movies of this genera like Eight-Legged Freaks, Slither and Tremors. Heck, it even steals a line from the latter ("I discovered them, I get to name them") and even the name of this movie 'Grabber' is a direct reference/lift of the term 'Grabboids' in the movie Tremors.

The game cast are uniformly good and put in a lot of effort. Everyone gets a fair share of mostly funny one-liners. There's lots of eccentricity going on: the weary bar man and his interfering, nosy wife, a guy who keeps a monster in his bathtub and a babbling, eccentric British scientist, who's not as smooth as he thinks. It shouldn't all work, but, damn, somehow it does. The misty island locales play a vital part in adding a suitably unique atmosphere to the entire mix.

The creature effects – a combination of CGI and practical – are very effective and well done. The monster appears to be some sort of squid and possesses numerous tentacles (the 'grabbers' of the title). There are several stand out scenes with the creature; one – an attack on a car – is extremely effective. For a movie that was made on a comparably low budget, it has a slick look to it and seems quite expensive. Had this been made in the America, it's fair to say it probably would have probably cost five or six times as much.

This movie wears all its inspirations like a heart on its sleeve. If you look closely, you will see many homages: Jaws, Alien, Aliens ("Get away from him, you c**t!"), and the aforementioned Tremors… why stop there: even the score bears a resemblance to Jerry Goldsmith's score for Alien. Even the overall concept: a group of people trapped on an island during a bad storm while creatures run amok outside reminds you of a certain movie with dinosaurs. Now all you have to do it add in all the blarney and alcohol to the mix and you have something unique. And Irish.

Yes, admittedly, there is a lot of alcohol in this movie and it does play a major part in the overall story, which may not sit well on the shoulders of people who are offended by the 'drunken Irish' stereotype. Hell, even the lead actor is playing an alcoholic. However, a word to the wise: the fact is, they're on an island with little else to do, so it's no different to setting the movie in the American South in moonshine country: you kind of expect this sort of behavior. Besides, how can you hate a movie in which the heroine tries to be heroic while at the same time clumsily and tipsily lumbering through a potentially deadly situation?

Overall, this is a very good and effective movie. It's smart and there's a lot of laughs and wit thrown in. It's well shot and directed, and is entertaining enough to keep your attention right to the very end. It has a pacey and swift running time so there's no danger of it outstaying its welcome either. This is a movie for everyone – especially those who like horror and comedy or a mixture of both - and will play across cultural divides. If you liked any of the aforementioned movies, you will like this.
Iphonedivorced
Iphonedivorced
Grabbers directed by Jon Wright and written by Kevin Lehane. It stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey and Lalor Roddy. Music is by Christian Henson and cinematography by Trevor Forrest.

On a remote Irish island something creature like is stirring, new Garda partners Ciaran O'Shea and Lisa Nolan are about to become the island's only hope for survival…

Great great fun, a play on Tremors, itself a play/homage to the creature features of the 1950s, Grabbers has all the fun schlocky staples in place, but crucially it also has its own identity. The islanders are a bunch of eccentric types and the two Garda protagonists are polar opposites but not cliché ridden, their chemistry strong as they play off of each other for joyous rewards. The creature effects are impressive for a modestly budgeted production such as this, and the narrative contains strength through ingenuity of plot developments and a knowing sense of playing up stereotypes. Lovely photography as well! Score! 8/10
Alsalar
Alsalar
Aliens invade an Island in um...Ireland, the only way to survive is get drunk...book me a flight!!!

I had slightly low expectations, hopefully mildly amused at best, but how wrong was I.

Utterly engaging characters, dry,witty dialogue, a real fun B-Movie horror flick so reminiscent of such 'classics' as Tremors and Deep Rising, with even a knowing nod to the drunken exploits of Gremlins towards the end.The special effects are on the cheap side but this is a tiny criticism.

Great Balti & a Beer Saturday night (or any night) entertainment.
HeonIc
HeonIc
There's nothing like some good old-fashioned monster movie mayhem! That's also what director Jon Wright must have thought when he read the script for this totally unpretentious but enormously amusing and respectably made mixture between comedy and horror. "Grabbers" isn't just reminiscent to the 1990 crowd-pleaser "Tremors"; it's actually the best monster flick since! "Tremors" was, and still is, so popular because of its fast-paced action sequences, terrific special effects and the swell dialogs & marvelous chemistry between the lead actors. "Grabbers" exactly features all these trumps as well, more or less in the same portions even, and yet it never once feels like a lame imitation or an uninspired knock-off. The uniqueness of "Grabbers" lies within the fact that it's a largely Irish production. The screenplay shamelessly exploits all the typical clichés and stereotypes that are irreversibly linked to the Irish people and their culture, but the self-parody works amazingly efficient. When a fiery meteor crash-lands into the sea, the live extraterrestrial content washes ashore and promptly feasts on a colony of grey whales. Somewhat later, when the town's missing person cases alarmingly increase, the drunkard deputy and the geeky new female "garda" discover the mother alien's hideout on the beach. Together with a local scientist, they also discover the fierce creatures survive on blood and are therefore allergic to high doses of alcohol in the blood. So what's a bunch of poor, defenseless and thirsty Irish folks to do…? The easy and light-headed ambiance of "Grabbers" sucks you in from the very beginning and there are many more ingenious elements to make this an enjoyable viewing experience. Richard Coyle (from the BBC hit-series "Coupling") and the 15 years younger native Irish actress Ruth Bradley play extremely well together and even the completely implausible slowly unfolding romance doesn't annoy too much. There's also a large variety of awesome supportive characters, like a mumbling fisherman and a couple of crazed tavern owners. The monster's design and special effects are very adequate. Okay, it's computer engineered, but not exaggerated. The mother alien actually looks somewhat like the mythical Kraken, with a truckload of tentacles and hundreds of razor sharp teeth at the center. Many of the situations are laugh-out-loud funny, but the important ones are also tense and exhilarating. Great entertainment, highly recommended.
Samuhn
Samuhn
Being Irish myself I'm obviously biased and Irish horror doesn't happen that often. However Grabbers was great fun and managed to not only encompass Irish character and humour in it, it also pulled it off with a good cast and surprisingly good CGI. Based on a remote Island that suffers a minor invasion from something strange the shenanigans of the locals are compounded by the fact that alcohol and being drunk seems to be a good first line of defense. Some real laugh out loud moments nice Irish scenery and a decent cast including some recogniseable faces. A nice light hearted horror/comedy gem. Also good to see a comedy movie that doesn't include the overkill toilet humour involved in so many American made films. Disclaimer: Although there may have been toilets in this movie somewhere.
LivingCross
LivingCross
I will rate this higher than average because, well, it was a decent film. It brought everything we know an love in a monster film, but it didn't botch it up.

The plot is also pretty funny, without being completely ridiculous: a space alien that looks a lot like a mouth with many tentacles decides to make our sea its home, unfortunately for some of the local fauna and fishermen. Also, it drops near the shore of Ireland, unfortunately for the alcohol allergic blood sucking monster. Some people soon learn of the man eating monster and hatch out a plan: get p!ss drunk and fight the alien. Many funny moments follow.

The movie is alright, with a tasteful mix of standard monster movie recipe and cultural stereotyped comedy. Some of the people in the cast are known actors: Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia), Russell Tovey (Being Human), Ruth Bradley (Primeval). I liked it.
Haralem
Haralem
This appreciably loopy horror / comedy takes place on Erin Island, a community for fishermen off the coast of Ireland. Richard Coyle plays police officer / amiable lush Ciaran O'Shea, who's given the job of showing around new arrival Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley). Soon they find their hands full: pilot whale carcasses litter the shore, and people are disappearing. The culprit is discovered by likable lug Paddy Barrett (Lalor Roddy): a species of (alien?) blood drinking squid like creature, that thrives in the water. Ciaran and Lisa discover that the secret to making themselves and their fellow citizens less appetizing to the monster will come rather naturally.

"Grabbers" deals in obvious stereotypes, to be sure, and it hits a lot of the expected beats for a genre story of this nature. It may not be original in terms of basic plot, but it does put a modestly interesting and charming Irish spin on a tried and true formula. Sometimes it gets a little tiresome, but it manages to deliver a fair amount of laughs. It starts somewhat slow (after a "grabber" of an opening) but builds in intensity until an action packed climax in the rain. The creature design is reasonably enjoyable, and the visual effects (and gore) are easy enough to take. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio allows for some pretty picturesque visuals.

Coyle is an engaging hero; he's flawed, but it comes as no surprise when he is able to rise to the occasion when the excrement hits the fan. The lovely Bradley is an appealing heroine, and she displays a fine comic ability in the later parts when she gets good and drunk. The supporting cast is solid as well: Russell Tovey as biologist Dr. Adam Smith, Bronagh Gallagher as area local Una Maher, David Pearse as Brian the barman, Ned Dennehy as Cooney, and Pascal Scott as Dr. Gleeson.

Monster movie lovers ought to have a pretty good time with this one.

Seven out of 10.
Wire
Wire
Remote island off the Irish coast is invaded by tentacled blood-sucking aliens from outer space. The aliens, it is discovered, are allergic to alcohol so the natural course of action is for everyone to lock themselves in the only pub and get hammered to levels usually reserved for the town drunk.

Small, low budget, fun and quite charming. The film benefits from some eccentric characters and performances and is elevated by the presence of the impossibly cute and gorgeous Ruth Bradley as a straight-laced police officer and Richard Coyle as her alcoholic partner. The scene in which teetotaller Bradley gets drunk for the first time is delightful and very well-observed. Bradley is very easy to fall in love with here.

So it's funny, smart, unpretentious and in a way "cosy" entertainment. It's not going to win any awards or set the world on fire and is perhaps a bit too mainstream to become a cult item. Still, as an inoffensive and amusing time-waster it's well worth a look.
Livina
Livina
Oh my days, this film is nuts, I am a fan of all things Irish, and when they do humour they know how to do it properly.

Something has washed up along the stunning Irish coast, they turn out to be Pilot Whales, but what's caused this strange phenomenon? Big time cop Garda Lisa Nolan lands on the small community of Aran Island to offer support to casual cop Ciaran o'Shea. The locals soon start disappearing, in monstrous fashion. And not long before it's full scale mayhem.

I've become a huge fan of Russell Tovey, the guy can do it all, he is so funny, but Richard Coyle and Ruth Bradley make a fantastic double act.

The humour is so good, it's so funny and the effects are considering it's a B movie, well put together. The backdrop of the grabber against a pub full of drunken Irish villagers is class.

I fear this will be one of those films not enough people will get to see, it's well worth a look.
Vozilkree
Vozilkree
I'm no expert, I seldom ever write reviews unless I feel strongly about a film and/or feel that it has been overlooked.

Also, I won't explain the plot because that has already been done & is detailed under the heading "Storyline" above. (It bothers me when people just regurgitate information that has already been provided, or worse yet, expand it to 'spoiler' point!)

*In my opinion, as a fan of UK films & fanatic of the horror genre, this movie is an absolute gem.*

The story is really original, smart, funny & moves along with no trouble keeping your interest. The characters are endearing (even those with more minor roles), the creature is very unique with effects that, I think, are well done. As for the filming location, it is absolutely beautiful, making all of the scenic shots just breathtaking.

It made me jump...several times, hold my breath in angst, get a tiny bit misty, almost wet myself from laughing so hard & also made me think, just a little. (the humor is not corny, but smart & witty. It's often subtle)

I admit, there was one scene in which a character did not react in the most believable or logical way (Under attack they did not use a phone that was right next to them, etc.). Otherwise, I really have no other criticism.

I only watch movies that I really like more than once or twice, & I have watched this movie well over ten times! It's rating seems very low to me & I hope that my input might encourage people to watch despite it's number rating.

This is just my personal viewpoint. However, everyone that I have had watch this has enjoyed it and had fun...I really hope you do as well!!
Malann
Malann
This whimsical tale of alien creatures attacking the inhabitants of a small Irish village hits the bulls eye in providing laughs and scares in generous quantities. Grabbers is a prime example that with a witty script, taught direction and excellent ensemble playing, you don't need a huge budget to deliver a first rate comedy-horror picture. Grabbers has the same comedy-horror tone of Gremilns, to name just one example, combined with the atmosphere of Local Hero.

Grabbers could well end up on the midnight cult movie circuit whilst Richard Coyle, its male lead, is destined for bigger things. A thoroughly enjoyable movie which is heartily recommended.
ChallengeMine
ChallengeMine
I loved this movie! What a great surprise at Sundance. I didn't expect this to be in my top ten movies at the festival, and it made the top three. This is a funny horror movie that brings out the kid in me. There are a lot of laughs and then there are some laugh out loud parts. There are some hints of tremors in the dialogue and the wacky characters (as well as the plot of course), so if you liked that movie, you'll like this one. You know it's a good movie when some of the minor supporting characters have some of the best one liners. Of course, the male and female lead were excellent and created a strong base for the rest of the cast to do their thing. All in all the director did a superb job with this...the script is tight, it's well acted and flows smoothly from scene to scene. And hell, who doesn't love looking at the Irish countryside?
Kiaile
Kiaile
When I read the description of Grabbers, I thought, oh, it's a comedy thriller like Tremors. I could have been wrong, and disappointed, but I wasn't, because that's exactly what this is. An Irish Tremors.

Well, maybe not exactly. I recall Tremors as a comedic monster movie, but Grabbers is closer to a monster-themed comedy. The monsters are wonderfully done, but I'm not sure anything in the movie got my heart racing. It's mainly just this cute Irish comedy with a lot of drinking and a mild romance.

So basically, if you like Irish comedies with quirky characters and a little romance, and you like freaky monsters that eat people, this is a movie you really should see.
Linn
Linn
Must get drunk to fight a monster. Sounds like fun right? Grabbers is a comedy/sci-fi film with its smart goofy concept with silly humors at its finest and creatures that are really well designed. However, the film could have been much more better if there's more into the story as it doesn't seem to extend its goofy concept to reach its full potential quite yet and the plot just falls short. There are some GORES but don't expect any memorable or over the top bloody kills which is also quite disappointing as the film could have been much more fun if it's bloodier than this. Some jumpy SCARE scenes but beside that, the creatures look quite terrifying, sometimes quite cute with amazing visual effects that you might not expect it to be this good at first. Overall, this is a nice little FUN sci-fi/comedy film that's consistently funny with its goofy concept and impressive creature effects, but still leaves much more room for improvement.

>>B-<<
Altad
Altad
** Minor Spoilers***

This is a seriously fun movie.

It's got jump-scares here and there, of course. I won't say this is all that scary. But what makes this movie great is that it doesn't take itself seriously. The special effects are good and the characters are hilarious.

Ruth Bradley (who plays Lisa) is seriously cute, especially when they get her sloppy drunk. Her drunken silliness had me laughing. But she's not the only really likable character in the movie. Ever one of the characters is fun in their own right.

Highly recommended if you're into horror/comedy movies. I'd liken this to comedy/horror movies such as the original Tremors, Six-Legged Freaks and Evolution.
Brialelis
Brialelis
A sort of cross between 'Father Ted' and 'Tremors'; this tongue in cheek creature feature is heavy on the humour and light on the horror. When an extra terrestrial object crashes into the sea, the community of Erin Island (off the coast of Ireland) is attacked by tentacled blood suckers. It's up to the team of veteran, hard drinking Garda Ciaran O'Shea (Richard Coyle) and his rookie partner Garda Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) to solve the mystery – if their differences can be put to the side long enough. Aiding them is English scientist Dr. Adam Smith (Russell Tovey). The film's delightfully 'B' movie title is reference to the name given to the alien beings by the terminally alcoholic fisherman Paddy Barratt (Lador Roddy) who captures one and keeps it in his bath. Until it busts out through the cottage wall… National stereotypes are used to a shameless degree. Nearly all Irish characters are laid back, got the gift of the gab and like a good drink; whilst the English character's upper class and eccentric. Most of the jokes (and a lot of the plot) revolve around voluminous alcohol consumption. This could have got tired very quickly if the performances from Coyle, Brady and Roddy weren't so endearing. Chalk and Cheese partnerships are a staple of film and television plots to the point of nausea. However there's real chemistry and romantic tension between Coyle as O'Shea and Brady as Nolan. Supporting cast members also put in good turns. Russell Tovey (who's done a lot of T.V. work in the U.K.) is the weak link; his portrayal of Dr. Smith comes across as amateurish compared to his fellow actors. He's not plausible as the rival to O'Shea for Nolan's affections. Creature effects are a joy to behold thanks to Shaune Harrison who supervised them. He's a veteran of prosthetics and special makeup effects, having worked on huge releases like 'Star Wars: The Phantom Menace' and 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2'. A lot of care and attention to detail went in to making the 'Grabbers' as believable as possible. The sight of a brood of baby aliens exploring the pub bar is just fantastic and beats the lazy C.G.I that's too often employed in movies these days. Unfortunately the big storm that cuts links between Erin Island and the mainland and increases 'Grabber activity' (they like the wet) is badly mishandled. No stock footage of actual storms is used, instead water sprinklers are relied on and the result isn't remotely credible. Production values are high and direction tight enough to satisfy multiplex audiences and if given a wider release I'm sure 'Grabbers' would do very well at the box office – with the popularity of titles like 'Hot Fuzz'. Horror lovers will be disappointed (as was I) that there're no decent scares to be had. Grabber kills are predictable and pretty gore free. The humour is all light hearted and superficial, which is fine but there are no belly laughs or 'what the hell' moments as in classic horror comedies like 'Braindead'. Overall 'Grabbers' is a fun way to spend an hour and a half of your life even if it's a bit one dimensional.
Foginn
Foginn
Wow, what a great film. Great direction, acting, the effects were top class and the creatures were excellent. It just goes to show, with talent £4 million , the budget for coffee for "Snow White and the Huntsmen" I would think, goes a long, long way.

The story is a simple one, alien life form falls to earth near a small Irish island, with a quirky community and starts to eat the inhabitants.The way not to get eaten ??????? Get drunk. lol. Its not the story but the way its told. the script is funny and engaging, the characters the same.the film moves along with a swift pace and before you know it, its finished. I mention "Snow White and the Huntsman " because I saw that 2 days before this and I did go "OOOhh ahhhh, wow, the costumes, the effects, the massive scale, the production" but in the end,Grabbers was 5 times more entertaining and interesting.

Lets just hope this talented director does not get sucked in by the Hollywood producers who will want to change everything for mass appeal and maximum profit. Raw talent should be allowed to be just that, Raw and un-chained.

A must see creature feature, comedy horror.
Helldor
Helldor
Having gotten langered with Irish people many times the premise looked at first glance a bit stereotypical but was done in such a fun way that we were all in on the joke even us English. A bit like an episode of Father Ted with police instead of priests and some aliens.

Water aliens land in the Isle Of Erin. They could not have picked a worse place as this lot were one serious bunch of drunken bastards.

And unfortunately that was the invaders Achilles heel.

How we got there was crazy and at times made no sense but was as funny as hell and the madcap ending with a truly mental Irish p#ss up in a pub to protect the population after kidnapping everybody from the church with a genius bit of drunken cajoling by the Garda was a treat to behold.

The acting was excellent and their dedication to portraying drunken people looked a bit too real especially Garda Lisa who went from teetotaler to p#sshead brilliantly in one of the best scenes in the film.

I genuinely loved this movie as it was insane and took the p#ss out of Sigourney Weaver and Aliens superbly at the end!

Forget the plot and any holes in it just enjoy the ride as it's a cracker.
Zodama
Zodama
"Grabbers" is a modern creature-feature, horror-comedy from the Emerald shores of Ireland. The film is directed by Jon Wright, who directed the 2009 dark horror, social satire "Torment", which dealt with class warfare and social injustice within society through the microcosm of the politics of life among the student body. That film was a serious address to the principles of an action-consequence scenario set in a traditional-styled horror. "Grabbers" is a lighter, more fun-loving satire about Irish stereotypes, inebriation, and a celebration of community and culture facing an identity in transition,set in total b- movie sci-fi, horrror-comedy fanfare. The movie stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey and Lalor Roddy.

In "Grabbers" a small hamlet on a island just off the coast of Ireland mainland, finds themselves in the middle of an alien invasion. These are not the little green meanies bent on planetary domination. In this story the aliens are huge ravenous Kraken-esque creatures that find our world just one big smorgasbord . It is up to the villagers to fight off these creatures and save the planet, but in order to do so they have to approach the situation through beer goggles. Once they learn that the only way they can stay alive, and not seem tasty, is to get really really drunk! The creatures love blood, need it to thrive and procreate. Alcohol is like poison to them, so it becomes a salvation to the community. Nothing but fun can come from this! It is a truly entertaining set-up, and a total Irish embrace of preconceived notions of the Irish people by the rest of the world. The film is pretty much a statement that says they are owning it!

For me personally, "Grabbers" is one of those rare films that celebrates everything about classic b-movie creature-features in a modern way without looking like it is making a big effort to do so. It gets it right! The film flows smoothly and effortlessly, which makes it an easy, fun viewing experience. There is no real odd moments were the acting seems coerced, or the lines fall flat. You don't even have to be Irish, or from the UK, to get the humor to relate to the film. "Grabbers" maintains a level of story and dialog that is truly universal. Not since "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" and "Tremors" have I enjoyed a film like this so much. The creatures dominated every scene they were in, with care and quality taken to how best to represent the monsters on screen. They didn't look cartoonish or ridiculous. The actors were funny and likable. The funny was actually funny. I have to say that "Grabbers" is a really great film, and one of the best horror-comedies that I have seen in a great while.
Dynen
Dynen
In reply to this review, by the_doofy, on 25 May 2017 I can categorically state that absolutely no animals were harmed in the making of this 'foreign' movie.

No whales. No cats. No fish. No alien monsters.

The pod of pilot whales on the beach near the start of the film were all FAKE. As in - not real. In fact - the film makers are delighted and not a little amused that you thought that real whales had been haunted down and butchered. If you thought they were real, then that's a great compliment to the craft on display.

The whale that forms the centrepiece of the first scene between Ruth Bradley's and Russell Tovey's characters' first meeting was sculpted out of polystyrene, coated in silicone, and painted.

The rest of the whales that you see lined up on the sand are 100% CGI.

Did the_doofy really think this film lacked the budget for any CGI? Did he think that the film makers, (when not busy hunting down and butchering pilot whales) captured some giant tentacle aliens and forced them to perform?
Beabandis
Beabandis
Erin Island, off the coast of Ireland, was just a quiet, idyllic fisherman's spot away from the busy hustle and bustle of the Dublins, where everyone knows each other, with many sharing a shot or pint at the local pub. At the beginning of the film a male and female alien land in the ocean close to Erin, eventually washing ashore, looking to find humans as a source of blood and water, both of which are key to their survival and longevity. Arriving to Erin is a cute, perky, astute, and genially spirited Dublin officer, Lisa (Ruth Bradley, absolute charmer), on holiday, accepting a law enforcement post alongside perennial drunk, Ciarán (Richard Coyle). She is substituting for Ciarán's boss while he ferries with other island residents to the mainland for two weeks. Habitual drunk fisherman, Paddy (Lalor Roddy), cages the female alien in his lobster trap, himself attacked with it poisoned by the high content alcohol in his blood! Ahhh, yes, a vulnerability! The giant male alien comes looking for its mate, equipped with a tongue that whips around necks and even through victims, moving about with slimy tentacles, containing a circle mouth with shark fin teeth that can clean crunch off heads.

Yep, booze is the answer to combating aliens...I love it! This film has so many things going right for it. The aliens are ugly, resembling a combination of sea creatures and the island setting, especially the beach and natural landscapes, is stunning. But the leads and additional cast (can't fail to mention Russell Tovey as the enthusiastic sea animal expert) launch this off the pad exponentially. The drunk pub gathering with all the remaining village folk in the hopes of saving them from the male alien and its hatchlings is a hoot! Bradley has her Weaver Aliens forklift moment, and Coyle must fend off the face hugging female alien...just two memorable scenes among many. There are severed heads, baby alien slugs slithering in the pub, dead whales ashore as foreshadowing, a woman jerked out of her home by the alien tongue through her chimney, Bradley hilariously drunk, Coyle and Tovey eyeing Bradley and clearly in their tone, little asides, and patterns of behavior competing for her, and the incredible special effects for the aliens...so much to recommend in this appealing sea creature comedy. Aims to please and has a cast that is talented enough to pull it off. The villagers accumulate seamlessly into the charms of the comedy. Serious sleeper. Especially amusing is seeing the leads aware of their chemistry, wishy washy about addressing their building feelings, and gradually falling for each other. Roddy steals every scene he's in.
Longitude Temporary
Longitude Temporary
Garda Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) arrives at Erin Island in remote Ireland for a two week tour after battling the fast times of Dublin. Drunken Garda Ciarán O'Shea (Richard Coyle) is not happy at having the eager newcomer. It's a quiet place where nothing ever happens. Whales starts getting beached. People are getting grabbed. They find the multi-tentacled grabbers and their possible alcohol weakness. The problem is that everybody has to get stinking drunk.

Richard Coyle is a charismatic lead. Ruth Bradley is a pretty foil to him. She's also a fun drunk. The duo probably needs a funny fat sidekick. The start is a little slow. It's more fun when the grabbers show up. It needs a bit more drunk humor. The monster is relatively good. This is a good creature feature with some comedy.