Directed by Jon Wright and written by Kevin Lehane, Grabbers is a 2012 comedy horror movie set in a small village off the coast of Ireland.
Starring Richard Coyle as Garda Ciarán O’Shea & Ruth Bradley as Garda Lisa Nolan. The pair are partnered up. She is super-keen & his is an alcoholic that doesn’t have much interest in his job anymore.
That changes when mutilated whale corpses are found washed up on the beach & the culprits seem to be bloodsucking tentacled aliens. Aliens that arrived when a ball of green light fell from the sky. The entire town is under threat until the discovery that a high blood alcohol content might just be what saves everyone. These ‘grabbers’ seem to find booze toxic, so the only way to deal with them is to be drunk!
Cue much drunken silliness, great creature effects & a well told story. Grabbers is a very entertaining horror flick that has a classic monster feel about it. The build towards the reveal is great & when the ‘big’ one shows up, it doesn’t let us down. A great location with gorgeous cinematography adds some much-needed realism to the flick. The island is an isolated place & the residents are used to absolutely nothing ever happening. This allows for some serious complacency & funny moments when they do find out what is really going on.
Great characters portrayed by great actors makes for a really memorable film. Coyle & Bradley have great chemistry & they deliver laughs as well as sombre performances.
It’s got some decent gore, some nasty looking alien effects & as said before, the creature itself looks great. Grabbers has a really polished look, one that you don’t normally expect from a film like this. It’s got just a small hint of cheesiness but the laughs are played straight, never in your face or meant to be annoying.
It doesn’t bring anything fresh to the monster horror movies but as a fun flick it’s certainly worth a watch.
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