Grabbers 2013 NR CC

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(79) IMDb 6.2/10
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A small town must stay drunk in order to fight back an alien attack.

Starring:
Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

Grabbers

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Horror
Director Jon Wright
Starring Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley
Supporting actors Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse, Bronagh Gallagher, Pascal Scott, Clelia Murphy, Louis Dempsey, Micheál O'Gruagain, Ned Dennehy, Stuart Graham, Killian Coyle, Michael Hough, Jonathan Ryan, Barbara Adair, Roz McCutcheon, Nick Chopping, Daniel Konieczny, Laurence Doherty
Studio IFC Midnight
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Very fun movie.
V. Cleniuk
They're starfish-like creatures who have a brachiolaria stage of larval development -- they're cute little worms who make squeaky sounds and will chew your face off.
Michael J. Tresca
Now I understand that this plot may leave you pondering "just how good could this movie really be?" Just take my word for it and give this film a chance.
John's Horror Corner

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Albaugh on August 9, 2013
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I am constantly looking for new monster movies to watch, hopefully enjoy and then add to my movie collection. Unfortunately, more often than not, these films end up being comparable to a Syfy Channel movie of the week (in other words, it sucks). Thankfully, every once in awhile one comes along that stands out. Such is the case with the 2012 release of GRABBERS.

I first read about this film in HorrorHound Magazine, and though it was getting good feedback, the premise certainly could’ve gone either way. Blood-sucking, tentacled aliens invade the coast of Ireland where the locals’ only hope of survival lies in their ability to get drunk! So how good could this film actually be? REALLY good!!!

This horror-comedy is actually an Irish production and definitely stands way above any Syfy Channel original film. Fishermen accidentally catch an alien cephalopod in their lobster pots. They eventually realize that this species feeds off of the blood of humans (of course) but that if they have a strong alcohol content in their blood, it can hurt, and even kill, the alien menace. Obviously the aliens are not that smart if this is their weakness and they arrive in Ireland.

This movie has great characters, with great chemistry. The two leads, Ciarán O’Shea and Lisa Nolan, bring the whole thing together. They are both police officers, with Lisa covering for a vacationing officer. Ciarán, played by Richard Coyle is an alcoholic trying to quit and Lisa, played by Ruth Bradley, has never had a drop of alcohol in her life. This makes for a good plot twist as Ciarán quits drinking to impress Lisa and Lisa must get wasted to save the town.

The characters are all very likeable and they all put on a great performance of being drunk.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Sawin VINE VOICE on August 2, 2013
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"Grabbers" is a ridiculously fun monster movie. It's in the vein of "Critters" or "Tremors," but with a more modern spin on it like "Slither," "Attack the Block," or even Bong Joon-ho's "The Host." There's just as much of an emphasis on comedy that there is on horror though like "Shaun of the Dead." It's refreshing to see a horror film of this caliber utilizing well executed CGI for its creature effects. It only adds to the film's long list of excellent features.

The film starts off simple with a meteor landing in the sea with its contents wreaking havoc on a fishing boat. You're introduced to O'Shea, his drinking problem, and his shocking ability to function with a hangover. You're also introduced to Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley), a strictly by-the-books police officer sent to help out the island. Lisa's evolution over the course of the film is extraordinary considering how uptight she is at first. She naturally loosens up once she begins drinking and is quite a hilarious drunk. The relationship that develops between O'Shea and Lisa is also something that slowly bubbles to the surface in a natural kind of way. Richard Coyle and Ruth Bradley share a scene in a car in the second half of the film that is genuinely touching.

Other elements in the film are just as impressive. Christian Henson's score for the film is noticeably superb. At the beginning of the film, there's this scene where Paddy Barrett (Lalor Roddy) walks onto the beach and the camera is directly behind them. It's early in the morning and it's a beautiful scene, but then the camera finally pans up and you're able to see what's lying on the beach. The score does this amazing job of faking you out. It has this incredible tone shift from completely happy and carefree to atmospheric horror that is astounding.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By V. Cleniuk on August 18, 2013
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Very fun movie. It reminded me, more than once, of Shawn of the Dead. There's not much of a plot, but the characters are hilarious. Writing is good, but not consistent.
Most of the acting is good, with a few weak spots. The plot setup is done well -- just enough scenes to explain the movie monster and instill fear for the viewer to enjoy.
The climax is clever and makes sense. If you like Simon Pegg's funny stuff, this movie is very similar.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert T Canipe on August 4, 2013
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I love movies where I can see faraway places I'll never go. This film is set on an island area off Ireland's coast and featured likable people whose realness carries the film.

It's been a LONG TIME that I have watched a horror film where I cared so much for characters that I was terrified for their safety. Usually, I am so irritated by the selfishness, sarcasm, and general meanness of the characters that I am cheering when they die.

Not so in GRABBERS. I loved these characters and their fondness for one another. GRABBERS is like any other "desert island" film like NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD or TREMORS but what GRABBERS is missing is the "mean character" whose selfish motives endanger everyone. Just like in the film TREMORS, the characters in GRABBERS work together to defeat the monsters. Moreover, the characters in GRABBERS discover an interesting defense against the title boogers that I'll let you discover.

See this film and don't psychoanalyze it, don't look at it through a cultural lens, just watch it and enjoy the emotion and some of the coolest monsters I've seen in a while.
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