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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 O'Gruagain ... Father Potts

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
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
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 .... photogrammetry
Daniel Mark Miller .... roto/prep artist
Konstantinos Panagiotopoulos .... digital compositor
Peter Panton .... animator: Nvizible
Massimo Pasquetti .... compositor: Molinare
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
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
Katelin Westwood .... data transfer
Music Department
Matt Biffa .... music supervisor
Samuel Karl Bohn .... assistant to composer
Goetz Botzenhardt .... score mixer
Matt Dunkley .... conductor
Ben Foskett .... orchestrator
Phil Hope .... executive music producer
English Session Orchestra .... musicians contractor
English Session Orchestra .... orchestra
Nick Taylor .... music score recording engineer
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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Additional Details

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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Before shooting, director Jon Wright took actors Richard Coyle and Ruth Bradley out drinking and filmed them while drunk. Ruth Bradley discovered many quirks about herself while drunk that she used in her performance.See more »
Garda Lisa Nolan:Get away from him, you cuuuuuunt!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Tremors (1990)See more »
I'll Tell Me MaSee more »


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45 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Will 'Grabbers' grab you? Yes!, 14 August 2012
Author: ben_horror from Ireland

When one thinks of creature features, you generally associate them with small towns situated somewhere in the American heartland: some rural place where a handful of locals must fend off/barricade themselves against some rampaging monstrosity. Generally, you don't usually tend to associate 'monster on the loose' movies with Ireland… That is until now: because that's exactly what you've got here: a monster flick that while not actually set in Ireland, is actually located on one of its many small islands - 'Erin Island' to be precise. Garda Ciarán O'Shea (Richard Coyle) - Garda is what Irish police officers are called, by the way – and his colleague look after all things law related on Erin Island. When his colleague goes on holiday, rookie Garda Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) is sent from the mainland to replace him for two weeks.

The only problem is her arrival coincides with something that has fallen to earth from space, which also contains a semi aquatic form of alien life. This strange creature then goes on the offensive and proceeds to snack on all the locals – drinking their blood. It's up to the small local police contingent of O' Shea and the rookie Nolan to figure out that the creature needs rain to move on land. The only problem is, with a bad storm coming in that will completely isolate them and the locals on the island, the outlook is not good; but somehow they discover a somewhat unorthodox way of protecting them and everyone against the creature – sort of. Lots of inventive high jinks and monster attacks ensue along with enough blarney and banter to make your head spin.

It is fair to say that the director and/or writer may have had one too many themselves when they dreamed up this concept. Admittedly, with a title like that, you're not going to know what you're getting yourself into. While it isn't exactly a comedy, it isn't completely a horror movie either. You get a mixture – for every one-liner, there's a decapitation or messy slaughter thrown in. Tone –wise, it's somewhere in between and comparable to other similar movies of this genera like Eight-Legged Freaks, Slither and Tremors. Heck, it even steals a line from the latter ("I discovered them, I get to name them") and even the name of this movie 'Grabber' is a direct reference/lift of the term 'Grabboids' in the movie Tremors.

The game cast are uniformly good and put in a lot of effort. Everyone gets a fair share of mostly funny one-liners. There's lots of eccentricity going on: the weary bar man and his interfering, nosy wife, a guy who keeps a monster in his bathtub and a babbling, eccentric British scientist, who's not as smooth as he thinks. It shouldn't all work, but, damn, somehow it does. The misty island locales play a vital part in adding a suitably unique atmosphere to the entire mix.

The creature effects – a combination of CGI and practical – are very effective and well done. The monster appears to be some sort of squid and possesses numerous tentacles (the 'grabbers' of the title). There are several stand out scenes with the creature; one – an attack on a car – is extremely effective. For a movie that was made on a comparably low budget, it has a slick look to it and seems quite expensive. Had this been made in the America, it's fair to say it probably would have probably cost five or six times as much.

This movie wears all its inspirations like a heart on its sleeve. If you look closely, you will see many homages: Jaws, Alien, Aliens ("Get away from him, you c**t!"), and the aforementioned Tremors… why stop there: even the score bears a resemblance to Jerry Goldsmith's score for Alien. Even the overall concept: a group of people trapped on an island during a bad storm while creatures run amok outside reminds you of a certain movie with dinosaurs. Now all you have to do it add in all the blarney and alcohol to the mix and you have something unique. And Irish.

Yes, admittedly, there is a lot of alcohol in this movie and it does play a major part in the overall story, which may not sit well on the shoulders of people who are offended by the 'drunken Irish' stereotype. Hell, even the lead actor is playing an alcoholic. However, a word to the wise: the fact is, they're on an island with little else to do, so it's no different to setting the movie in the American South in moonshine country: you kind of expect this sort of behavior. Besides, how can you hate a movie in which the heroine tries to be heroic while at the same time clumsily and tipsily lumbering through a potentially deadly situation?

Overall, this is a very good and effective movie. It's smart and there's a lot of laughs and wit thrown in. It's well shot and directed, and is entertaining enough to keep your attention right to the very end. It has a pacey and swift running time so there's no danger of it outstaying its welcome either. This is a movie for everyone – especially those who like horror and comedy or a mixture of both - and will play across cultural divides. If you liked any of the aforementioned movies, you will like this.

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