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Grabbers -- A small town must stay drunk in order to fight back an alien attack.
Grabbers -- When an alien invasion strikes in a sleepy Ireland town, the residents learn that the only way to stay safe ... is to stay drunk.


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Release Date:
10 August 2012 (Ireland) See more »
Last call at the bar. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Coyle ... Garda Ciarán O'Shea

Ruth Bradley ... Garda Lisa Nolan

Russell Tovey ... Dr. Adam Smith
Lalor Roddy ... Paddy Barrett

David Pearse ... Brian Maher

Bronagh Gallagher ... Una Maher
Pascal Scott ... Dr. Jim Gleeson

Clelia Murphy ... Irene Murphy

Louis Dempsey ... Tadhg Murphy

Micheál Ó Gruagáin ... Father Potts (as Micheál O'Gruagain)

Ned Dennehy ... Declan Cooney

Stuart Graham ... Skipper
Killian Coyle ... Deckhand Greg
Michael Hough ... First Mate Roy

Jonathan Ryan ... Sergeant Kenefick
Barbara Adair ... Mamie

Roz McCutcheon ... Hilda

Nick Chopping ... Daly
Daniel Konieczny ... Polish Labourer

Kim Moylan ... Islander
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Laurence Doherty ... Islander
Darran Watt ... Local Man

Directed by
Jon Wright 
Writing credits
Kevin Lehane (written by)

Produced by
Robert Bevan .... executive producer
Andrew Boswell .... executive producer
Tracy Brimm .... producer
David Collins .... executive producer
Nic Hatch .... executive producer
Michael Henry .... executive producer
Jo Homewood .... line producer
Samantha Horley .... executive producer
Eduardo Levy .... producer
Alan Maher .... production executive: Irish Film Board
James Martin .... producer
Cyril Megret .... executive producer
Kate Myers .... producer
Martina Niland .... producer
Piers Tempest .... producer
Original Music by
Christian Henson 
Cinematography by
Trevor Forrest 
Film Editing by
Matt Platts-Mills 
Casting by
Kelly Valentine Hendry 
Victor Jenkins 
Production Design by
Tom McCullagh 
Art Direction by
Brendan Rankin 
Set Decoration by
Shane Bunting 
Costume Design by
Hazel Webb-Crozier 
Makeup Department
Cesar Alonso .... makeup effects technician
Lorraine Brennan .... hair stylist
Michael Byrne .... creature effects
Steven Byrne .... creature effects
Sonia Dolan .... makeup artist
Linda Gannon .... assistant hair stylist
Shaune Harrison .... creature effects supervisor
Cerina Knott .... creature effects assistant
Niamh O'Loan .... makeup designer
Production Management
Gisela Evert .... post-production supervisor
Katie Shahrokh .... post-production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Cosgrove .... trainee assistant director
Therese Friel .... second assistant director
Andrew Hegarty .... first assistant director
Maria Mulhall .... trainee assistant director
Matt Platts-Mills .... second unit director
Jonathan Shaw .... third assistant director
Art Department
Sara-Jo Baugh .... stand-by prop trainee
David Carson .... dressing props
Gillian Devenney .... assistant art director
Kevin Fraser .... head painter
Gavin Jones .... sculptor
Sam Jones .... standby props
Jim Reid .... construction manager
Edwin Ryan .... sculptor
Gabriel Schucan .... storyboard artist
Steve Wheeler .... property master
Sound Department
Daniel Birch .... sound recordist
Ben Carr .... adr recordist: crowd
Naomi Dandridge .... adr mixer
Simon Epstein .... foley editor
Simon Epstein .... supervising foley mixer
Marc Hope .... foley editor
Dan Johnson .... dialogue editor
Dan Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Nick Kray .... adr mixer
Marc Lawes .... sound effects editor
Claire Mahoney .... foley artist
Stefano Marchetti .... adr mixer
Peter Nicell .... third man
Jeremy Price .... sound designer
Jeremy Price .... supervising sound editor
Stuart Read .... foley mixer
Andy Stallabrass .... adr mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr coordinator
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
Richard Williams .... foley editor
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Shaune Harrison .... creature effects
Visual Effects by
Anastasios Agiakatsikas .... digital compositor: Nvizible
Sav Akyüz .... visual effects editor
Magno Borgo .... roto/prep artist
David Bryan .... animator: Nvizible
Huseyin Caner .... visual effects supervisor
Paul Catling .... creature designer: Nvizible
Martin Chamney .... cg supervisor: Nvizible
Martin Chamney .... previs supervisor: Nvizage
Sam Churchill .... lighting artist: Nvizible
Oliver Cubbage .... digital artist: Nvizible
Ben De Luca .... head of systems: Nvizible
Gavin Digby .... senior digital compositor: Nvizible
Paddy Eason .... visual effects supervisor
Stefan Gerstheimer .... texture/look development artist: Nvizible
Andreas Graichen .... rigging: Nvizible
Rupert Hancock .... digital effects artist
Rupert Hancock .... roto artist
Will Hardwick .... digital compositor
Nic Hatch .... visual effects executive producer: Nvizible
Gilbert James .... visual effects producer
Matt Kasmir .... senior digital compositor: Nvizible
John Kay .... lead animator: Nvizible
Taskin Kenan .... junior digital compositor: Nvizible
Nicholas Lambert .... matchmove artist
Alberto Lara .... animator: Nvizible
Hugh Macdonald .... senior digital compositor: Nvizible
Ross McCabe .... matchmove artist
Niall McEvoy .... visual effects
Daniel Mark Miller .... roto/prep artist
Konstantinos Panagiotopoulos .... digital compositor
Peter Panton .... animator: Nvizible
Massimo Pasquetti .... compositor: Molinare
Nikul Patel .... visual effects
James Pina .... roto/prep artist
Caroline Pires .... on-set visual effects technician
Matthew W.B. Plummer .... digital compositor: Nvizible
Adam Rowland .... senior digital compositor: Nvizible
Imran Sajid .... matchmove technical director
Nishanth Shrinivasa .... visual effects artist
Stephanie Jean Staunton .... digital compositor
James Stuart .... matchmove artist
Elena Topouzoglou .... digital compositor: Nvizible
Liam Tully .... visual effects line producer
Shanaullah Umerji .... visual effects producer
Alex Webb .... compositor: Nvizible
Nick Chopping .... stunt coordinator
Tolga Kenan .... stunts
Marc Mailley .... stunt performer
Helen Steinway Bailey .... stunts
Arran Topham .... stunt double: Richard Coyle
Camera and Electrical Department
Garret Baldwin .... electrician
Eve Carreño .... second assistant camera: "b" camera: dailies
Elliot Dupuy .... digital imaging technician
Keith Durham .... steadicam operator
Jonathan Hession .... still photographer
Nye Jones .... digital imaging technician
Jason Martin .... gaffer
Davey Mayes .... generator operator
Ian McGurrell .... grip
David O'Connor .... camera crane operator
Roger Tooley .... steadicam operator
Tom Wilkinson .... focus puller
Darren Chesney .... second assistant camera operator: "b" camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Katherine Donaldson .... costume assistant
Camille Moohan .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Mike Andrews .... digital film technician
Katie Bullock-Webster .... post-production coordinator
Michelle Cort .... digital intermediate film technician
Theresa Crooks .... digital intermediate technician
Tom Cushing .... adr co-ordinator
Tim Drewett .... digital intermediate technician
Matt James .... digital intermediate manager
François Kamffer .... digital intermediate technician
Steve Knight .... digital intermediate coordinator
Justin Lanchbury .... digital intermediate film consultant
Miguel Lloro Javierre .... assistant editor (as Miguel Angel Lloro)
Eoin McGuirk .... assistant editor
Steve Owen .... data transfer
Jateen Patel .... digital intermediate technician
Gareth Spensley .... colorist
Steven Waltham .... assistant editor
Jamie Welsh .... digital intermediate conform editor
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
Music Department
Chris Barrett .... assistant music engineer
Matt Biffa .... music supervisor
Samuel Karl Bohn .... assistant to composer
Samuel Karl Bohn .... music technical preparation
Goetz Botzenhardt .... score mixer
The Chamber Orchestra of London .... music performed by
Matt Dunkley .... conductor
Ben Foskett .... orchestrator
Gareth Griffiths .... music contractor: Cool Music
Andrew Haveron .... orchestra leader
Christian Henson .... orchestrator
Dom Kelly .... music contractor: additional musicians from English Session Orchestra
Jess Murphy .... featured musician: violin
English Session Orchestra .... musicians contractor
English Session Orchestra .... orchestra
Colin Rae .... music copyist
Nick Taylor .... music engineer
Phil Hope .... executive music producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Maurice Brown .... transportation captain
Ian Lewis .... driver: action vehicles
Other crew
Jennine Baker .... post production accountant
Andrea Bamford .... script supervisor (additional script supervisor)
Clare Cunningham .... production accountant
Joanne Duffy .... assistant accountant
Gillian Hamill .... production coordinator
Dylan Harvey .... epk director
Julia Jones .... unit publicist
Afolabi Kuti .... acquisition manager: The Salt Company International
Katrina McBriarty .... assistant production coordinator
Paul McPolin .... production assistant
Maggie Mitchell .... development executive: Samson Films
Chris Roufs .... script supervisor
Neal Rowland .... head of development: Samson Films
John-Paul Whearty .... assistant location manager
Mary Claire White .... production executive
Gordon Wycherley .... location manager
John Landis .... special thanks
Jonathan Loughran .... special thanks

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The Grabber in this movie shares many characteristics of the Facehugger from the well-known _Alien (1979)_ franchise starring Sigourney Weaver. The movie contains many allusions to the _Aliens (1986)_ series, including recreating the famous scene where Sigourney Weaver takes on the Alien Queen in a futuristic forklift with the famous line "Get away from her you b**ch!"See more »
Garda Ciarán O'Shea:[Touching the seemingly dead alien species] It's dead, right?
Dr. Adam Smith:Ummm, I'm not sure.
Garda Ciarán O'Shea:[Moves away cautiously] You're not what?
Dr. Adam Smith:Basic tests I've done so far have shown up nothing usual or normal. It is beyond mystifying. I mean, really, I can't be sure without opening it up.
Paddy Barrett:[Swiftly beats it with a stick; it doesn't move] Ah... Tis dead.
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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Monster battling; Irish style!, 12 November 2012
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

There's nothing like some good old-fashioned monster movie mayhem! That's also what director Jon Wright must have thought when he read the script for this totally unpretentious but enormously amusing and respectably made mixture between comedy and horror. "Grabbers" isn't just reminiscent to the 1990 crowd-pleaser "Tremors"; it's actually the best monster flick since! "Tremors" was, and still is, so popular because of its fast-paced action sequences, terrific special effects and the swell dialogs & marvelous chemistry between the lead actors. "Grabbers" exactly features all these trumps as well, more or less in the same portions even, and yet it never once feels like a lame imitation or an uninspired knock-off. The uniqueness of "Grabbers" lies within the fact that it's a largely Irish production. The screenplay shamelessly exploits all the typical clichés and stereotypes that are irreversibly linked to the Irish people and their culture, but the self-parody works amazingly efficient. When a fiery meteor crash-lands into the sea, the live extraterrestrial content washes ashore and promptly feasts on a colony of grey whales. Somewhat later, when the town's missing person cases alarmingly increase, the drunkard deputy and the geeky new female "garda" discover the mother alien's hideout on the beach. Together with a local scientist, they also discover the fierce creatures survive on blood and are therefore allergic to high doses of alcohol in the blood. So what's a bunch of poor, defenseless and thirsty Irish folks to do…? The easy and light-headed ambiance of "Grabbers" sucks you in from the very beginning and there are many more ingenious elements to make this an enjoyable viewing experience. Richard Coyle (from the BBC hit-series "Coupling") and the 15 years younger native Irish actress Ruth Bradley play extremely well together and even the completely implausible slowly unfolding romance doesn't annoy too much. There's also a large variety of awesome supportive characters, like a mumbling fisherman and a couple of crazed tavern owners. The monster's design and special effects are very adequate. Okay, it's computer engineered, but not exaggerated. The mother alien actually looks somewhat like the mythical Kraken, with a truckload of tentacles and hundreds of razor sharp teeth at the center. Many of the situations are laugh-out-loud funny, but the important ones are also tense and exhilarating. Great entertainment, highly recommended.

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