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Grabbers (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 10 August 2012 (Ireland)
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When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garda Ciarán O'Shea
Garda Lisa Nolan
Dr. Adam Smith
Lalor Roddy ...
Paddy Barrett
David Pearse ...
Brian Maher
Una Maher
Pascal Scott ...
Dr. Jim Gleeson
Irene Murphy
Tadhg Murphy
Micheál Ó Gruagáin ...
Father Potts (as Micheál O'Gruagain)
Declan Cooney
Killian Coyle ...
Deckhand Greg
Michael Hough ...
First Mate Roy
Sergeant Kenefick


Peace officer Lisa Nolan comes to Aran Island, Ireland, to take charge during a colleague's two-week holiday. Simultaneously, blood-thirsty, sea-dwelling aliens arrive at the quiet island to propagate. As dead whales wash up on shore and people start mysteriously disappearing, officers and a few locals slowly discover their peril along with one sure defense - high blood alcohol levels, which the aliens can't stomach. As a storm approaches, enabling hungry hatchlings access to the locals, an open bar kicks off a desperate bid for survival as inebriated police and friends stagger to remain cognizant long enough to thwart the alien invasion. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

10 August 2012 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Csáposok  »

Box Office


£4,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While writer Kevin Lehane was backpacking across the world and being bit by mosquitoes, he heard the urban legend that eating Marmite (a vitamin B rich yeast spread) prevents mosquito bites. Hearing that, he wondered whether mosquitoes also got hungover from drunk people's blood. The thought stayed with him until he returned home and wrote the script for Grabbers based on the premise 'get drunk to survive'. See more »


Una Maher: You're throwing a party?
Garda Ciarán O'Shea: Yeah.
Una Maher: Why?
Garda Ciarán O'Shea: Who needs a reason to have a laugh, ha-ha-ha?
Garda Lisa Nolan: [slurring] It's a welcome party for me.
Una Maher: Welcome party? But you're leaving in a fortnight.
Garda Lisa Nolan: So it's a goodbye party, whatever.
Una Maher: You only just got here.
Garda Lisa Nolan: [slurring, to O'Shea] What's her problem?
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Crazy Credits

"The events and characters depicted in this motion picture are a mixture of fact, fiction and fiction that is a product of inference from fact." See more »


References The Thing (1982) See more »


Whiskey in the Jar
Arranged by Dermot Crehan, Clive Carroll, Luke Daniel & Mick Sands
Performed by Dermot Crehan, Clive Carroll, Luke Daniel & Mick Sands
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Standard monster horror movie, but well done, good humour and drunk Irishmen
6 September 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

I will rate this higher than average because, well, it was a decent film. It brought everything we know an love in a monster film, but it didn't botch it up.

The plot is also pretty funny, without being completely ridiculous: a space alien that looks a lot like a mouth with many tentacles decides to make our sea its home, unfortunately for some of the local fauna and fishermen. Also, it drops near the shore of Ireland, unfortunately for the alcohol allergic blood sucking monster. Some people soon learn of the man eating monster and hatch out a plan: get p!ss drunk and fight the alien. Many funny moments follow.

The movie is alright, with a tasteful mix of standard monster movie recipe and cultural stereotyped comedy. Some of the people in the cast are known actors: Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia), Russell Tovey (Being Human), Ruth Bradley (Primeval). I liked it.

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