Best Actress Irish Film & Television Awards
"[An] engaging blend of primal scares and character-driven comedy" TimeOut London
"A deft wire walk across genres, irony and paddywhackery" Irish Times
"It's a pleasing revival of the invaded island sub-genre of Island Of Terror and Night Of The Big Heat, and fits into that curiously British (and now Irish) genre of pub-under-siege picture" Screen Daily
"Grabbers doubles down on its clichés...with the gleeful mischief of a gremlin trashing a plane engine" NPR
Something sinister has come to the shores of Erin Island, unbeknownst to the
quaint population of this sleepy fishing village near the coast of Ireland.
Everything turns badly when a fisherman captures an alien in one of his
lobster cages. First, some of his fellow fishermen go missing, and then a
number of whale carcasses suddenly show up on the beach. Ciaran O'Shea (Richard Coyle), an alcoholic cop, is assigned to investigate this threat with his by-the-book partner Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) and they cannot believe their eyes once the monsters start growing. The joke at the heart of the movie is that the booze-guzzling cop understands the secret to defeating them. The alien beasts cannot handle their liquor and if the townspeople of Erin Island want to survive they have to get drunk.
Grabbers is an homage to
countless Hollywood monster movies from long ago favorites like It Came From
Beneath the Sea to other Hollywood movies like Gremlins and Tremors and
other standout international genre fare like Trollhunter and The Host. In
true cult fashion, Grabbers imparts the great fun of a spooky old carnival
ride with an Irish twist.