Thursday, 28 June 2012
Grabbers could easily become 2012’s answer to Attack The Block. With a wacky concept, laugh out loud gags and some moments of genuine terror, this low-budget Irish monster film ticks all the boxes necessary to make it a cult smash.
The film begins in a picturesque seaside village with a mysterious alien lifeform crashing into the ocean during the middle of the night. In the days following this incident, a feisty, sober, newly arrived police officer, (Ruth Bradley), and a long-time law enforcer who spends most of his duty intoxicated, Ciaron (Richard Coyle), begin to witness a number of bizarre occurrences uncommon in the usually serene town. People disappear, others are attacked and ominous eggs are found embedded into the sand on the edge of the ocean.
Soon, these officers realize what they have on their hands; an alien and its spawn that live on blood. With a storm about to rage over their quaint village, therefore, they are forced to initiate the only conceivable plan to save the residents: Get the entire township so rat-assed that the alcohol in their blood levels will disable them.
While this madcap concept could either make Grabbers stupid fun or just plain stupid, it manages to mostly sway towards the former. With nods to classic monster movies like Jaws and The Thing as well as a B-movie edge reminiscent of trashy 1950s science fiction, cinephiles will take pleasure in its humorous homages to the genre.
However, there's an equal amount to pleasure to be found in Grabbers’ riotous suspense sequences and darkly comic Irish humour. A scene in which Ciaron attempts to protect himself from the alien with a rolled-up magazine, for example, will inevitably induce belly-laughter.
It perhaps slightly overstays its welcome in the chaotic final act when a plastered village attempts to withstand the monsters’ attacks, but nonetheless Grabbers is an eccentric, light-hearted and hilarious twist on the monster movie. As the Irish might say, it's very good craic.