Jan 25, 2012


I don't normally like scary movies, but I can't wait to scare myself silly with Irish "monster movie," Grabbers, about an Irish town that realizes that the only thing that repels a swarm of uninvited tentacled creatures is to keep drinking alcohol. Yeah, I know, there we go perpetuating the drunken Irish stereotype again, but c'mon it sounds funny! 
In an interview with Fangoria, Irish screenwriter Kevin Lehane said it plays against a lot of Irish stereotypes: "There’s no sort of paddywhackery in it. It’s very modern and authentically Irish, and quite accurate I suppose. I just wanted to make the characters clever as well, so the solution that they come to is the smartest option." 
See, it's all very PC really.
Let's drink to a cool and funny Irish film!

Grabbers premiered this week at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Here's the synopsis:
Something sinister has come to the shores of Erin Island, unbeknownst to the quaint population of this sleepy fishing village resting somewhere off Ireland’s coast. First, some fishermen go missing. Then there is the rash of whale carcasses suddenly washing up on the beach. When the murders start, it’s up to two mismatched cops–an irresponsible alcoholic and his new partner, a by-the-book woman from the mainland–to protect the townsfolk from the giant, bloodsucking, tentacled aliens that prey upon them. Their only weapon, they discover, is booze. If they want to survive the creatures’ onslaught, everyone will have to get very, very drunk! 
Director Jon Wright’s whimsical throwback to classic monster flicks relishes in delivering perfectly timed thrills and madcap antics. In true cult fashion, Grabbers imparts the great fun of a spooky old carnival ride with an Irish twist. Don’t forget to grab a drink!
 Grabbers stars Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, and Lalor Roddy and is directed by Jon Wright, and is expected to grab theaters this year.
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