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November 21, 2013

Midnight Movie of the Week #203 - Grabbers

"I need a photograph of it for National Geographic. And Facebook." 
(2012)
Starring: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy.
Directed by Jon Wright.
Not Rated. Includes tentacle overload, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive silly behavior due to excessive alcohol consumption, and angry Irish vocal tones with foul language.
Grabbers in Six Words:
Sea things attack! And also beer.
Why You'll Love It:
Good old fashioned monster comedy turns a small Irish island into the site of an infestation, as giant-squid like invaders plague a seaside town. Two mismatched police officers - one an uptight young female from the city, the other a homemade man with a taste for beer - have to figure out what's going on and how to keep the town safe, while the grabby creatures close in on the shrinking population.  Like Tremors did in 1990, Grabbers keeps a light-hearted tone while providing some entertaining monster action - complete with great special effects - and adds a nice comedic twist to the battle against the creatures before the final showdown.
The Highlights:
  • I'm not usually the sappy guy, but the budding relationship between the two police officers - played charmingly by Richard Coyle and Ruth Bradley - is cute and effective. Their differences create some good banter back and forth, but they're perfectly compatible when the film needs them to be.
  • That said, there's nothing cute about the monsters at hand. When the film gets to the full sized grabbers in the final act there are plenty of slimy and impressive visuals.
  • Without being too tongue in cheek and/or losing it's originality, the film manages a couple of nice throwbacks to films like Shaun of the Dead and Aliens without seeming too desperate. 
Also Worth Knowing:
  • Needing to make sure the actors knew how to act drunk for some crucial scenes, director Jon Wright took his leads out drinking before filming - and filmed their real world drunkenness. That's method acting at its finest!
Grabbers is for Fans of...
Less intense horror movies, deep sea creatures, Irish accents, Irish accents on women who look kind of like Anna Kendrick, beer, and those quaint looking pubs that are all over European movies.

If You Like This, You Might Also Like...
Piranha (1978)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Lake Placid (1999)
Trollhunter (2010)
Cockneys vs. Zombies (2012)

3 comments:

Jennifer R. Gojira said...

This was a really fun movie. I was afraid of it at first, because it was a good idea that could easily have turned into a stupid gimmick, but they did it well. I was entertained for the entire film, got to know and really like most of the characters, and was not turned off by horrid CG or anything like that. It reminded me of Tremors, and other really good horror comedies, but it felt new. It was just fun.

Jennifurla said...

This sounds like a fun movie.

: said...

OK, I had previously ignored this one, as I didn't really think it was my "thing", but I've read too many positive reviews at this point . . . gonna have to check it out. Sounds like a lot of fun!


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