Grabbers

2013

Grabbers

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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 creature in his trap. Soon it becomes clear to O'Shea and Nolan that there's something big out there, and that it's hungry. It's time to rally the villagers, arm the troops...and head to the pub. (c) Ifc Midnight

Cast

Richard Coyle
as Ciarán O'Shea
Ruth Bradley
as Lisa Nolan
David Pearse
as Brian Maher
Pascal Scott
as Dr. Jim Gleeson
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  • Jun 03, 2016
    Absolutely the best Creature Feature I have seen in a good long while, complete with maggot garda.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2014
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2014
    A brilliant little indie gem that takes all its inherent weaknesses into which is has been constrained due to budget purposes and a general wearyness towards the genre and turns it into a delightfully self-aware monster chase in a setting that lends itself both to hilarious characters (rural Ireland) and a breeding ground for vicious monsters (murky waters and hollow caves!). The film has the charm of an Irish Off-beat comedy with very strong rural tones being painted across the silver screen through the dialogues, characters, humour and imagery. Yet, the beauty of the emerald isle is torn apart when some monster spawn drops from the sky and starts feeding from the villagers. Alas, the monster is lethally allergic to alchohol. So yeah, Ireland might be the worst place for the aliens to set their tentacles upon and so, mayhem and fun go their merry way. The structure of the film follows the classic monster movie dogma: Irritation, Disbelief, Realization, Determination, Despair and the leap of faith in the grand finale, perfectly executed with a string of surreal sense of a hangman's humour ever accompanying the angst that strikes the village. The acting is brilliant, mainly due to the casting which fits all the "roles" with real life counterparts of Irish talent. Lalor Roddy is the secret star in the film while Ruth Bradley plays with so much vigour and fun, it is a shame not more horror films opt to create female roles that are actually interesting and multi-dimensional. Tovey proves his comedy talent whily Coyle is as rugged an Irishman as they come. The SFX is surprisingly good and the film does not shrug away from showing off the monsters, something I loathe in recent shaky cam - low budget productions. Even more so, considering that the monsters must have been quite a complicated one to animate and create, but enough of that, here be spoilers .... Fantastic B-movie in the spirit of Hammer and giant monster movies with some rural Irish charm thrown in for good measure.
    Henrik S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2014
    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.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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