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This review is from: Grabbers [DVD]  (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.