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Grabbers by Jon Wright (Dir), Kevin Lehane (Wri)
Review by Paul Haggerty
Date: 31 December 2013 List Price $24.98 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Forced to take an unwanted vacation, police officer Lisa Nolan instead makes it a working holiday by taking over part-time on Erin Island, so that the senior officer can take his own holiday. This shouldn't be much of a problem on a sleepy little island until, that is, the alien menace crashes into the sea just offshore. With tentacles waving, and maws gaping, the islanders look to become a tasty treat for these visitors from somewhere else. Unfortunately for the newcomers, they suffer from an allergy to alcohol. In fact, its an allergy of lethal proportions, so dietary precautions would seem to be the word of the day. Therefore, splashing down off the coast of Ireland is either the worst invasion strategy in history, or at least ludicrously bad travel planning.

On weekends, we tend to check out streaming videos of what we think are going to be interesting science fiction or, as in this case, what we think will be dumber than dumb science fiction.

Grabbers is a semi-serious movie, but clearly knows when not to take itself too seriously. Starring Richard Coyle as the consistently over-intoxicated guarda (police officer) Ciaran O'Shea, and Ruth Bradley as the thoroughly sober guarda Lisa Nolan, Grabbers plays for both humor and horror.

The monsters are seriously monstrous. But instead of using the normal "humans overcome aliens through brilliance and firepower", Grabbers instead tries to allow the people to use whatever advantages they can find lying about. Because just because your bloodstream is toxic, you're not doing yourself any favors if you have to get eaten in the process.

Given an island filled with normal people, with normal problems, and normal secrets they're trying to keep their neighbors from finding out about the monsters to avoid panic. So they have their work cut out for themselves if they want to have a pleasant weekend, and the villagers have their work cut out for them if they wish to survive. First coming to terms with the impossible fact of the monsters existence, then how to protect themselves, and then how to fight off the monsters while smashed out of their gourds. I don't think I've seen this particular set of circumstances acted out before.

Will the islanders triumph? Will the aliens return home with 'worst vacation ever' postcards? Will there be a final showdown battle, just like in all other moves? Take a look at Grabbers, and see.

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