Grabbers (2012)
By: Ryan Morrissey-Smith on July 30, 2013 | Comments
Monster Pictures | All Regions, PAL | 2.35:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 5.1 | 90 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Director: Jon Wright
Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse
Screenplay: Kevin Lehane
Country: Ireland
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There are plenty of things to like about the Irish - Guinness, whisky, the sisters from The Coors and Catholic guilt. Now you can add kick arse monster films to the list. Grabbers is a funny, slimy and awesome monster flick that doesn't take itself too seriously, despite having a serious monster.

The plot is a simple but has some real cheeky genius behind it. When a blood sucking Alien lands off the coast of Ireland, and in particular the small Erin's Island, the town's police discover that getting plastered is the only way to survive. With the plot set-up there is a heap of room to incorporate comedy into the film, which is done whenever and wherever possible, and it's done very well by writer Kevin Lehane. A scene where everyone in town is at the pub pissing it up, completely oblivious to the danger outside, is great.

The two main leads Richard Coyle (as Ciaran O'Shea) and the gorgeous Ruth Bradley (as Lisa Nolan) have a wonderful chemistry together playing the town's police. O'Shea is a functioning alcoholic, but in the town no one really seems to notice as he is not alone in this endeavour. When Nolan turns up as the two week fill in for the chief of police on the island, she seems to be the only one who does notice his problem. However, when the monster shit starts hitting the fan O'Shea and Nolan basically swap characters, as getting drunk is the only salvation from the monster, and O'Shea volunteers to be the designated non-drunk. The towns folk (the town drunk, bar keeper, goofy scientist etc) all act as good foil but are really just riffs on characters seen in other monster flicks. Not that this is a criticism, as they work well with the formula of the monster film.

The real stars of the show however are the alien monsters. The mother alien looks like - for lack of a better description – a really large, pissed off octopus, with an angry anus as its mouth. It is obviously CGI (as opposed to practical effects) but it still looks impressive, especially in the night time scenes. The junior aliens have a bit more in common with the face raping aliens from…Alien. They're aggressive little jerks that try to hump the face of anyone they can. In fact for a small-ish budget Grabbers' CGI and effects work is outstanding.

Director Jon Wright keeps the action flowing, whether it be during the talkier moments or when the monster mayhem is going down. The film is also shot beautifully, taking full advantage of some of the prettiest Irish scenery you are likely to see…. angry anus mouthed Aliens aside.
The Disc
The film look gorgeous, shown in its intended 2.35:1 ratio. The 5.1 sound is great as well, with plenty of crisp and clean sounds, both dialogue and sound effects.

There are a bunch of extras on the disc – A filmmakers commentary, a trailer, a very dry interview with the director, some behind the scenes stuff and a lot of outtakes that don't really offer a lot apart from missed lines/actors laughing at mistakes and of course a photo gallery – which has… photos.
The Verdict
A craic-ing (see what I did there) monster flick. Well written, acted and directed, Grabbers is well worth the watch. Grab a six-pack and prepare to be entertained!
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