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Grabbers (2012)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 10 August 2012 (Ireland)
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When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

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Jon Wright

Writer:

Kevin Lehane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Killian Coyle Killian Coyle ... Deckhand Greg
Stuart Graham ... Skipper
Michael Hough ... First Mate Roy
Richard Coyle ... Garda Ciarán O'Shea
Ruth Bradley ... Garda Lisa Nolan
Jonathan Ryan ... Sergeant Kenefick
Lalor Roddy ... Paddy Barrett
Louis Dempsey ... Tadhg Murphy
Pascal Scott Pascal Scott ... Dr. Jim Gleeson
Russell Tovey ... Dr. Adam Smith
Ned Dennehy ... Declan Cooney
Nick Chopping ... Daly
David Pearse ... Brian Maher
Bronagh Gallagher ... Una Maher
Clelia Murphy Clelia Murphy ... Irene Murphy
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Police officer Lisa Nolan comes to Aran Island, Ireland, to take charge during a colleague's two-week holiday. Simultaneously, blood-thirsty, sea-dwelling aliens arrive at the quiet island to propagate. As dead whales wash up on shore and people start mysteriously disappearing, officers and a few locals slowly discover their peril along with one sure defense - high blood alcohol levels, which the aliens can't stomach. As a storm approaches, enabling hungry hatchlings access to the locals, an open bar kicks off a desperate bid for survival as inebriated police and friends stagger to remain cognizant long enough to thwart the alien invasion. Written by statmanjeff

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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2012 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Grabbers See more »

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Budget:

GBP4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$427,335
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While writer Kevin Lehane was backpacking across the world and being bit by mosquitoes, he heard the urban legend that eating Marmite (a vitamin B rich yeast spread) prevents mosquito bites. Hearing that, he wondered whether mosquitoes also got hungover from drunk people's blood. The thought stayed with him until he returned home and wrote the script for Grabbers based on the premise 'get drunk to survive'. See more »

Quotes

Garda Ciarán O'Shea: What killed him, Jim?
Dr. Jim Gleeson: The fact that he's just a head. You bring me someone with a head cold or a headache and I could do something, but you bring me just a head and you're taking the piss. Jesus, they could bury him in a shoe box.
Garda Lisa Nolan: Doctor, we need to know.
Dr. Jim Gleeson: He was mauled in some way by some... animal or... something. I dunno. A tiger?
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"The events and characters depicted in this motion picture are a mixture of fact, fiction and fiction that is a product of inference from fact." See more »

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Featured in Projector: Grabbers (2013) See more »

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Boola Vogue
Written by Dermot Crehan, Clive Carroll, Luke Daniel & Mick Sands
Performed by Dermot Crehan, Clive Carroll, Luke Daniel & Mick Sands
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Well balanced - Drink it up
4 April 2014 | by vipcorp-954-708527See all my reviews

I watched this movie expecting it to be a comedy. It is, but to a lesser extent than I was led to believe. Don't get me wrong, it has its share of humor, but if you take out the comedic elements, the film really stands up as a good low budget creature feature. Pleasantly surprising!

A simple script, no Oscar winning performances or intense dialog, but no over baked hams here either - except maybe in one or two spots where it's done intentionally for humor. The male and female leads were exceptional and they played their roles just right. They were endearing. The assortment of characters making up the island folk were spot on and I wanted to pop on down to the pub and buy them a round or two.

Although Grabbers borrows elements from a number of classic films in the genre, it never seems tired or cliché. I think that's due to it's understated nature and the originality it does have. Anything familiar is presented with respect and with it's own style.

A big nod to the writer and director on this one. Getting the balance this finely turned between comedy and horror isn't easy. American Werewolf in London had that, but not many others. I don't quite think this compares with that classic, but it's got that certain 'something' that will grab you.

Low budget is where you'll find the gems in this genre and Grabbers is top notch. A perfectly balanced, thoroughly enjoyable movie. If you like the genre, don't miss it.


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