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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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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  (as 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 .... 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 .... stunt performer
Tolga Kenan .... stunts
Marc Mailley .... stunt performer
Kim McGarrity .... stunt performer
Jeff Miller .... stunt performer
James O'Donnell .... stunt performer
Helen Steinway Bailey .... stunt performer
Helen Steinway Bailey .... stunts
Arran Topham .... stunt double: Richard Coyle
Arran Topham .... stunt performer
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
Francois Kamffer .... digital intermediate technician (as François Kamffer)
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
Location Management
John-Paul Whearty .... assistant location manager
Gordon Wycherley .... location manager
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
Mary Claire White .... production executive
Chrissie Harris .... choreography (uncredited)
Huma Khan .... legal post production (uncredited)
John Landis .... special thanks
Jonathan Loughran .... special thanks

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Dr. Adam Smith:Youuuu... really are Irish!See more »
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References Predator (1987)See more »
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51 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Comedy and Horror Conspire on a Small Irish Island, 4 August 2012
Author: Alison from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Workaholic Garda officer Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) takes a 2-week assignment on the small island of Erin while the town's sergeant is on vacation; she immediately runs across (and afoul of) fellow Garda Ciaran O'Shea (Richard Coyle), who both starts and ends his days with booze, a lot of it. Your typical drunken Irish cop, in fact. They are not destined to get along, but when bloodsucking aliens crash-land in the nearby ocean and start devouring the townspeople, Lisa and Ciaran have to work together to save the community. Teaming up with the English scientist, Dr. Adam Smith (Russell Tovey), and with Paddy Barrett (Lalor Roddy), one of the more sloshed senior citizens of the island, they make the stunning discovery that human blood, steeped in alcohol, is toxic to the bloodsucking creatures. A big storm is coming, and the Coast Guard can't come to the rescue; instead, it's up to our intrepid heroes to convince all the townsfolk that getting, and remaining, drunk for the whole night is a matter of life and death - literally.

One might bristle at the stereotype of the drunken Irishman (and woman), but when it's the Irish telling the stories on themselves, it's another matter altogether. This is a very funny movie, and even the bloodsucking creatures grabbing people and devouring them isn't gross, it's just kinda yucky. There were a few times when I jumped at an unexpected occurrence, which is always good in a monster movie, but there were a lot of times when I was laughing a lot too. Not to mention cheering from time to time....The leads are all terrific; I only know Tovey's work (from the excellent UK television series, "Being Human"), but I would make a point of looking out for more of Richard Coyle and Ruth Bradley, both of whom I liked a lot. My one quibble is that sometimes it was hard to understand what a character was saying, especially once they were all drunk as lords and slurring their words all over the place, but that's quite minor really, as the gist of the dialogue always came through. Definitely worth seeing, especially with a FantAsia crowd in Montreal!

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