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Grabbers [DVD] [2012]

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  • Actors: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse
  • Directors: Jon Wright
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Dec. 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005FKSO7Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,931 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

The sleepy coastal community of Erin Island is about to receive some unexpected visitors. Vicious extra-terrestrial predators have landed and they’ve got a thirst on.... for blood. With razor sharp tentacles and an insatiable hunger, the alien creatures are about to indulge in a feeding frenzy the likes of which has never been seen before. With a storm fast approaching and with no means of escape, the townsfolk have one last shot at survival. Will the locals find enough Dutch courage to survive The Grabbers?

Special Features

• A filmmaker’s commentary
• Behind-the-scenes featurette
• An interview with director Jon Wright
• Outtakes and photo gallery

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 17 May 2013
Format: DVD
The onset of CGI has done wonders for special effects in movies. Whilst once CGI was only available to blockbusters, now film makers with a more modest purse can still get in on the action. A genre that has suffered from poor special effects over the years is the horror genre and more specifically the monster sub-genre. Even till this day there are too many absolutely awful monster movies that have dreadful special effects. `Grabbers' shows this no longer has to be the case and that people should not put up with the likes of `MegaShrimp versus TechnoFerret'. `Grabbers' not only looks good, but is well acted and is funny.

Set in Ireland `Grabbers' is an alien invasion movie that has the residents of a sleepy village being attacked by flesh eating monster aliens that are a cross between a jellyfish, some algae and loads of teeth. It is up to heavy drinking Garda Ciarán O'Sheaand and his straight laced partner Garda Lisa Nolan to save the day. Who will be the most useful, the drunk or the strategist? You may just be surprised.

`Grabbers' is a film that revels in many stereotypes of both the horror genre and how Irish people are perceived. However, both are done in a very light-hearted fashion and invite you to enjoy yourself, rather than be put you off. Richard Coyle is excellent as the lead, but the rest of the cast are also very amusing, giving the film a heart and characters that you care about. The plot itself is straight forward, but that is no problem, especially when the special effects are extremely impressive for a film of this scale. When things need to be played straight director Jon Wright is not afraid to do so and he manages to balance horror and humour superbly. A great popcorn flick for lovers of gory comedy films.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
From a pretty average start `Grabbers' soon gets going and shows its true colours, i.e. it's not just a horror, but a pretty tongue-in-cheek comedy. And that's where its strength lies. It's at its best when it's being slightly cheeky. Yes, there's a reasonable amount of gore (but not that much). What little budget there is has been spent on the creatures themselves. And, for a mere (in Hollywood terms) £2 million the monsters are actually pretty well done. They're all computer-generated, but the CGI fits in seamlessly with the real actors all around them.

The film is about a sea-full of tentacled monsters who descend on an island off the coast of Ireland and start sucking the blood of the hapless locals. However, as luck would have it, these beastly parasites are allergic to the taste of alcohol. Therefore, all that needs doing to survive is getting out-of-your-face drunk. Of course, fighting back while plastered is actually quite hard!

Also, the film benefits from seeing the monsters (in the full) early on. In other similar monster-movies, you only get to see a tentacle here or there until the final scenes (normally to save on special effects), but here you see them `full frontal' from pretty early on.

Most of the characters are hardly developed, but if they're funny then we can forgive that.

If you're a fan of such cinema greats (!) as `Deep Rising' then this is in the same cheeky little league of its own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bill HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2014
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This a bit of a hidden gem, a wonderful creature feature, up there with the likes of Tremors and The Faculty.
Garda Ciaran O'Shea is a thirty-something copper on a small Irish island, Erin Island, where the pace of life is very slow. Ciaran's a drunk, but it doesn't matter, because nothing very much happens in his village.
Garda Lisa Nolan is a very beautiful, thirty-something policewoman, who has to work alongside Ciaran whilst one of his colleagues is away for a fortnight. The two of them have strong chemistry from the outset, though Lisa has as much commitment to her job as Ciaran has contempt for his.
The island becomes besieged by sea-dwelling aliens with harpoon tongues, who look like the deadly spawn of Alien mated with an octopus. They'll prey on sealife, even pilot whales, but develop a taste for human flesh. However, the islanders make a fortuitous discovery that the creatures are intolerant of booze - cue the locals getting drunk on pochine in the midst of their struggle for survival.
This is a superb B-movie type flick. The acting is first rate, especially the leads Ciaran and Lisa, who have an engaging "will they won't they" blossoming romance. The CGI used is very good. The cinematography is excellent - the landscapes are breathtaking, some of the film is almost a tourist advert for Ireland.
The script is intelligent and witty, perhaps less overtly comical than films like Shaun Of The Dead, but still amusing. The story unfolds at a steady and satisfying pace, and I was hooked from the opening scene to the last. The film didn't have a huge budget, £2 million, partly funded by the National Lottery, but I think that they spent every single pound very cleverly. Highly recommended.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Barry Ayton on 24 Oct. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Forget about cult status claims (so many so-called 'cult' movies are rubbish)..

Don't worry about it being set in the "small isolated town with the space monster" theme..

This movie is SO MUCH better than others I've seen that have been raved over - others have obvious plot devices, poor scripting and me shouting at the TV that "They wouldn't do THAT, you tosser script-writer!!". NOT THIS ONE!

It's simple:

This movie is worth watching. It has very likeable characters, a little stereotypical humour, lovely video work and the CGI is really good. With some of these movies they hide cheap-arse CGI with darkness and tiny amount of 'tentacle-from-the-bush' scenes - not this one, the monster is THERE, house sized, eating things! And it looks GOOD, a proper amount of money has been used on the CGI work.

The theme is fun too - having to stay drunk so you don't get eaten.. with the problem that recurrent drinkers often need more to get drunk. the girl gets drunk on what another bar client has for starters!

I'm not saying it's award winning (although I would vote for it in a top 10). If you don't already like this sort of movie, it won't change your mind.

If you DO like this theme (Tremors, Slither.. any sort of space-alien tentacle monster or genetic escapee) then you WILL enjoy this movie.

Pull up the foot stool, grab the bowl of popcorn/packet of crisps, grab a beer/wine/fizzy drink and just have a GOOD TIME!
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