Grabbers movie review

ImageCurrently available on demand, Grabbers is a horror comedy from Ireland released last year.  Erin Island’s local cop, Ciarán O’Shea, is an alcoholic.  He’s not amused at all to be partnered with straight laced city cop Lisa Nolan when his partner goes on leave for the next two weeks.  Of course, Lisa shows up right after a mysterious green light plummets into the sea nearby and a resident drunk catches something not quite of this Earth in his lobster trap.  The small town’s quiet is almost immediately disrupted.

Turns out a male and female tentacled alien pair crash landed, bringing a multitude of eggs with them.  They thrive on blood and water, of which there’s an abundance on Erin Island:  aside from being on an island there’s a storm coming, and the aliens can feast on the locals.

But this is a comedy, right?  The comedy is played up hardcore in the form of the aliens’ weakness, an allergy to alcohol.  Yup.  So they cannot feed on anyone drunk.  And they’re in Ireland.  On a secluded island where people flock to the lone pub.  So naturally, Ciarán and Lisa hatch a plan to get everyone drunk while they battle the aliens and much hilarity ensues.

The c.g. of the aliens was well done; any flaws hidden in a clever tangle of tentacles.  The setting of the movie was stunning.  Though the writing was a little disjointed in the awkward scheme of getting the two mismatched leads together, overall it was a fun ride.  I laughed quite a bit once their drunk scheme was enacted.

Light on gore and horror, but high on comedy and drunken shenanigans.  B-

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