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Grabbers (2013)


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On Erin Island, an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, charming but somewhat work-shy Ciaran O'Shea, is tasked with greeting Lisa Nolan, a straight-laced young officer who has arrived from the mainland. Not that there is much for them to do, aside from dealing with the occasional drunk, and that's usually O'Shea himself. But strange doings are afoot: the crew of a fishing boat disappears, whales start appearing dead on the shore, a local lobsterman catches a strange tentacled


Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Kevin Lehane

Nov 11, 2013

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Off to the pub!

August 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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Wright checks off the expected genre boxes with the gleeful mischief of a gremlin trashing a plane engine.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: NPR
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The tough thing about genre hybrids is that they have to fulfill both genres, and Grabbers only nails one of them.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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A polished, watchable genre entertainment that nonetheless lacks the inspired dialogue and situations needed to make a memorable impression.

January 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
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Recommended only for those peering through the thickest of beer goggles.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian

Grabbers combines horror and comedy into one extremely satisfying octopus-like baby that results in some of the most fun you'll have with any film this year.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source:

Out of all the bad decisions you've drunkenly made, one viewing of Grabbers makes up for the lot of them. With or without beer goggles, Jon Wright's film is equally entertaining - and without any regrets the following morning!

July 23, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Perfect fodder for a late-night audience, UK/Irish co-production Grabbers, directed by Jon Wright, is a fun ride, and while it doesn't reinvent the "Tremors" and Slither modern-b-movie wheel, it adds a few neat touches to that formula.

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

The movie never aspires to be more than a cookie-cutter creature feature-the kind of film that can be washed back with a pint and then forgotten in the morning.

July 19, 2013 Full Review Source:

The biggest issue with Grabbers is that it's more slick than squirmy. Aside from a few good low-fi gross-out scenes ... Grabbers has the look and style of a big-budget action epic, not a scrappy little indie-horror.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Good, clean genre entertainment, the sort of harmless yet endearing brand of moviemaking seemingly unattainable in today's Hollywood system.

July 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A traditional creature feature with a touch of the "diddley aye."

July 15, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

For a horror comedy it needed some comedy and some horror.

January 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

This is not quite a horror version of Whisky Galore but there are reminders of Ealing's comic élan.

December 27, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

This ambitious mix of mirth and menace is an offbeat and hugely enjoyable affair.

December 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's perfect for after the pub and while it never hits the heights of say, Tremors, with the right group of mates this should be a lot of fun.

December 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

A likable and technically impressive comedy-horror.

December 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

Disappointingly, Grabbers is short on shlock and it's not very funny.

December 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A hugely enjoyable, frequently funny creature feature that plays like an Irish version of Tremors ...

December 26, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

This Irish/British horror-comedy deals with menacing tentacles of an extraterrestrial kind, with an inspired premise, appealing cast and mix of laughs and thrills ensuring it's destined for cult status.

December 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

A bit hit and miss, but Richard Coyle leads a game cast.

December 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Audience Reviews for Grabbers

Monster films are a blast to watch. Watching a creature create havoc on-screen is always thoroughly entertaining. However, add the comedic element to the story, and you have something really special, and that's where Grabbers comes in. This one of the funniest horror comedies I have seen since Shaun of the Dead, and the balance of monster carnage with well thought out humor makes this a must watch film experience for genre fans. The film is very well done considering it's a low budget feature, and while using a somewhat proven formula displayed in countless monster films such as Tremors, Attack the Block and even the Sci Fi drama, horror thriller Super 8, the filmmakers were able to create something refreshing as well. Grabbers can be reminiscent of Tremors in a way, and I found myself thinking of that film as I was watching this film, and it embodies perfectly what a good Horror comedy should be. I really enjoyed the cast, and each actor brought something quite unique to the film. Grabbers is one of those movies that is destined to become a cult classic, and with the concept, comedy and horror, the film deserves be viewed by a much bigger audience as this film is very entertaining from start to finish, horrifying and very funny. If you enjoy Horror comedies, Grabbers is a perfect choice to watch, and it's one of the most memorable horror comedies I've seen in years. Simple, yet engaging, Grabbers is a film not to miss, even if you don't enjoy horror, the balance of both genres, will surely appeal to non genre fans, and it's a film that shouldn't be passed up.
August 8, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This little Irish indie darling is actually surprisingly good, given its lower budget, Syfy level cover art, and love of the grotesque. The closest comparison I can make is 2006's "Slither" which relied on grotesque imagery, heralding back to the monster movies of the fifties, and delving into the trend of alien invasion movies coming out lately. The one thing that sets "Grabbers" apart from other monster movies of today would have to be its pastoral charm and wit. While some of the characters may be too kooky for many people's tastes, I found the deliberate turn to kitsch and cheesy antics of the police officers charming, if a little misplaced. The monster itself is obviously a throwback to the productions of Ed Wood. Its origins are interesting, though I would say that the methodology behind keeping it contained was a little too heavy-handed. They figure out a lot of what makes the monsters tick through trial and error rather than scientific data, and instead of asking for help from any organization or scientific institution, they take on an island-ful of alien prodigy by themselves. The team even leaves the town in the dark, supplying them with alcohol, which dulls their senses, and leaving them to wonder in the pub's upstairs. The use of alcohol as a deterrent to the aliens, in the same way that oxygen killed off invaders in "War of the Worlds," was inspired, and gives the film the much needed publicity it deserves. The romantic relationship was a little shoehorned in, but it is too obvious to ignore. The chemistry between Richard (O'Shea) and Ruth (Nolan) was actually quite touching. Using Richard's alcoholism as a deterrent was quite ingenious and drove the relationships forward. There weren't as many deaths as I would have wanted to see, in order for the film to be gloriously bloody, but I was happy to see it became a survival film by the end. This is really a good watch, and even with its somewhat clichéd problems, I highly recommend it to anyone who loves monster movies and awesome small town Irish humor.
January 10, 2014

Super Reviewer

Jon Wright's Grabbers takes grabbing to a comedic sci-fi drunken journey.As a monster movie goes, there isn't much, if anything, that stands out; however, it's the humor that gives this picture its identity. At just under 90 minutes of screen time, there isn't much mind blowing going on with the story, but it's the final 30 minutes that saves the earlier part of the picture from complete mediocrity.Despite the hint of disappointment in the opening sequence, the CG and creature effects turn out quite well with a unique design, which is both disturbing and funny at the same time.While the Irish accent shrouds some of the dialogue from clarity, Richard Coyle and the lovely Ruth Bradley pull off some amusing performances. The latter more so in the second half.The lack of seriousness in Grabbers is what makes it a watchable sci-fi piece out of Ireland. Bring the nail gun.
October 27, 2013
JY Skacto

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Grabbers is a delightful one joke film, but luckily that one joke has legs, unlike the legless cast. Grabbers sees alien squids turn on an Irish island. They're here to suck the blood of humans, but also have an intolerance to alcohol. This can mean only one thing, lock in. Other than this idea, the film is pretty standard B-movie material that sometimes subverts the genre. For example, instead of arguing over who should be the hero, they try and push others forward for the role. Seeing the actors stagger around is quite charming and funny, and the CGI aliens are astonishing looking. Coyle and Bradley have some natural, if rushed, chemistry, and overall it's a cool little movie, which will probably go down well at drinking parties.
January 30, 2013

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