Grabbers (2012)

Movie Title: Grabbers

Year Released: 2012

Rated: Not Rated

Runtime: 1h 34min

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller,

Director: Jon Wright

Writer: Kevin Lehane

Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Jonathan Ryan, Lalor Roddy, Louis Dempsey, Pascal Scott, Russell Tovey, Ned Dennehy, Nick Chopping, David Pearse, Bronagh Gallagher

Review: When a small Irish island is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the townsfolk discover that getting good and drunk is the only way to survive. Now doesn't that should like the perfect idea for a horror/comedy? And it kind of is...

Like Gremlins and Tremors, Grabbers is equal parts horror and comedy that mix together to make enjoyable entertainment that goes down smooth. It's definitely a throwback the those classic "monsters invade a small town" movies that started in the '50s, but with a great twist. Instead of characters being scared and try and survive, they get plastered to better their chances of survival.

The cast is perfect! Richard Coyle and Ruth Bradley have great chemistry as our two leads, Lalor Roddy is hilarious as a salty seaman, and David Pearse and Bronagh Gallagher are equally silly as the proprietors of the Maher Pub.

The squid-like creatures that threaten our hammered heroes are gooey, grabby, and surprisingly deadly; a movie monster that not only looks great, but is a believable threat.

This is a perfect creature feature to watch with friends while you laugh it up and drink it up, too! Grabbers is a fun, fright flick that knows what it is, has many surprising turns, several scares, lots of laughs, and let's you know that it's bottoms up when battling beasts from beyond.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The film's shot during the harshest winter in Ireland in over a hundred years. Uncharacteristic blizzards, gale force storms and sub-zero temperatures regularly hampered production, creating a difficult shoot.


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