Grabbers (2012) is an Irish-British horror/comedy film directed by directed by Jon Wright and written by Kevin Lehane for Forward Films in association with Samson Films and High Treason Productions and with Limelight, Nvizible, Northern Ireland Screen and The Salt Company. Starring Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley and Russell Tovey. Presented by Irish Film Board and UK Film Council. Released on DVD in the U.S. by IFC Films.
Erin Island, an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, is invaded by enormous bloodsucking tentacled creatures from the sea. With islanders turning up decapitated and drained of blood, the inhabitants learn that the creatures – called Grabbers – are allergic to alcohol, making intoxicated people toxic to eat. Overrun and under attack, the hopeless locals realize that in order to stay alive through a storm that’s keeping everyone trapped on the island, they’re going to have to band together at the pub and do their best to survive the night.
Girls, guns or zombies? Irish girls, guns, alcohol, and tentacled monsters!
Not rated. 94 minutes. Watch the official trailer here …
My thoughts… Grabbers is an awesome old-fashioned monster B-movie with plenty of action, horror and comedy, not unlike Ron Underwood’s awesome old-fashioned monster B-movie Tremors (1990)! In fact, the two films are very much alike! In Tremors, a small remote Nevada desert town is plagued by giant prehistoric worm-like underground monsters, dubbed “Graboids”, that sense vibrations and the only way for the locals to stay alive is to stay quiet; while, in Grabbers, a small remote Irish fishing village is plagued by giant tentacled underwater alien monsters that are allergic to alcohol and the only way for the locals to stay alive is to stay drunk! Grabbers, like Tremors, pits those bizarre monsters against a charming cast of characters. Alcoholic Garda Ciarán O’Shea (Richard Coyle) and workaholic Garda Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley), O’Shea’s new partner, are the reluctant heroes; while ecologist Dr. Smith (Russell Tovey), town drunk Paddy (Lalor Roddy), pub owner Brian Maher (David Pearse), and Maher’s wife Una (Bronagh Gallagher) are some of the colorful locals who must get drunk to avoid egtting eaten by the Grabbers! The Grabbers, in Grabbers, are rendered with CGI, unlike the animatronic Graboids in Tremors, and they look surprisingly fantastic – especially the giant mother Grabber in the atmospheric rain-soaked climax!
Read my original post on MHE (here). However, I kind of just re-wrote here most of what I said there!