The sleepy coastal community of Erin Island is about to receive some unexpected visitors. Vicious extra terrestrial predators have landed and they've got a thirst on...for blood. With razor sharp tentacles and an insatiable hunger, the alien creatures are about to indulge in a feeding frenzy the likes of which has never been seen before. With a storm fast approaching and with no means of escape, the townsfolk have one last shot at survival. Will the locals find enough Dutch courage to survive The Grabbers?
With a cast of British faces you’re likely to recognise from both the great and the dismal end of the TV scene including Richard Coyle (The Whistleblowers, Coupling), Ruth Bradley (Primeval) and a personal favourite of mine Russell Tovey (Being Human and a fab bit-part in Doctor Who), Grabbers is another addition to the comedy-horror genre that us Brit’s are so good at.
Less zombie rom-com than Shaun of the Dead, Grabbers tells the story of a small coastal village off mainland Ireland that is inexplicably attacked by blood sucking aliens whose only weakness is that they can not abide alcohol. In an attempt to save themselves the townsfolk gather in the local pub to “drown their sorrows”.
As you can imagine from such a premise there is a fairly fine line between comedy and crassness, however Grabbers seems to manage the balancing act very well – making enough alcohol related jokes to keep you giggling without lowering themselves to the bottom of pile and pandering to lowest common denominator. This is thanks to the strong writing of Kevin Lahane, in his first full length feature, and the directing skill of Jon Wright. Wright’s seemingly light and gentle directing gives the film a fluid sense of reality, whilst the down-to-earth script and frankly flawless acting make this movie a genuine pleasure to watch.
The surprisingly good special effects and monster design only add to the movie’s overall high quality, though the rather sparse us of alien attacks after the initial outbreak cause the film to lean ever-so-slightly more towards the funny than the frightening.