By: Henry J. Fromage (Four Beers) –
I’m always down for a comedy with a hook, and as hooks go, Grabbers’s is a doozie. I’ll skip straight to the plot synopsis. A sleepy Irish island, where seemingly the only activity besides fishing is drinking, is attacked by fearsome, octopus-y* alien creatures over the course of a long weekend cut off from the mainland.
A posse made up of a jaded alcoholic (Richard Coyle), his young female partner (Ruth Bradley), the town drunk, and a science-y dude look seriously overmatched until they discover the bloodsucking aliens’ one weakness- alcohol. Bad move attacking Ireland, aliens.
It’s like attacking Egypt if your weakness is sand and getting ripped off
The only way to keep the aliens from “grabbing” you is by getting hilariously shitfaced. If you think a website named Movieboozer isn’t going to get behind that concept, I have some genuine Egyptian artifacts to sell you. The move really gets rolling when this discover is made, and the fight against the aliens begins. This part is easily the funniest, elevating the film from a jovial, likable one to a pretty damn funny flick.
The acting is all over the place, but in a comedy that’s acceptable enough. The central duo does a great job, though, and their chemistry is excellent. Bradley in particular will hopefully get some higher-profile roles in the future.
One thing you’ll notice from the start is this film’s cheap production values. Considering the amount of CG they have to use, the filmmakers stretch their budget pretty well, but that doesn’t explain why they chose to smear their lens with Vaseline for half of the flick.
It’s like an 80s power ballad video
This is supposed to be a horror/comedy film, but there was minimal effort put into the horror half. It’s like the screenwriters were running Word ’97, and Clippy pops up and says “It looks like you’re writing a horror film. Would you like to use a template?”
Die in a fire, Clippy
“Insert lame jump scare here.”
Shut the fuck up, Clippy!
This film shoots for the comedy/horror balance of a Shaun of the Dead, and accomplishes about half of that. It’s still a good afternoon-waster, and a fine drinking game movie.
Take a Drink: whenever someone in the movie does
Take a Drink: for every jump scare (however feeble)
Take a Drink: every time someone gets… grabbed!
Do a Shot: Free Bar!