World Horror Cinema: Ireland
By Sam Reeve
My rating: 7/10
This movie has everything you would expect from the Emerald Isle: gorgeous rolling hills, chalky cliffs, foul-mouthed fishermen, a slew of happy drunks…and aliens? Think The Host, but funnier and with more alcohol. It’s fun, crazy and even a tad bit sweet. Grabbers found a cozy little corner in my heart and refuses to leave (and I won’t make it).
The premise in Grabbers is simple: a small Irish island is attacked by tentacled aliens who suck people’s blood and cut their heads off, but they’ve got one weakness – they’re allergic to alcohol. Solution? To survive the night, the Irish do what they do best, and drink themselves silly. An alcoholic and a workaholic police duo team up to keep the booze flowing and the townspeople safe inside the pub, all the while trying to keep the invasion secret so as to avoid a panic. But as you might expect, the bar eventually runs dry and they must search for a way to kill the aliens, all while still quite intoxicated.
Fun fact: the writer, Kevin Lehane, came up with the idea when wondering whether mosquitos get hangovers from sucking the blood of drunk people.
This was a fun movie to watch, and definitely merits a second viewing. The cast was great, the aliens looked great, and even if the basic plot was not the most original, I loved every minute of it. I recommend pairing Grabbers with a good brew and a few mates for maximum enjoyment.
Here is the trailer, so you’ll know what you’re getting into. Below that is the full movie. Seen it already? Let us know what you thought in a comment below!