Films

Grabbers

July 19th 2013
  • Comedy/Horror,
  • Unrated,
  • 94 min,
  • IFC Releasing
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  • Cast: Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russel Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse, Bronagh Gallagher, Pascal Scott, Clelia Murphy, Louis Dempsey, Micheál O'Gruagain, Ned Dennehy, Stuart Graham, Killian Coyle, Michael Hough, Jonathan Ryan, Barbara Adair, Roz McCutcheon, Nick Chopping, Daniel Konieczny, Laurence Doherty, Kim Moylan, Darran Watt
  • Director: Jon Wright
  • Writer: Kevin Lehane
  • Producers: Tracy Brimm, Eduardo Levy, James Martin, Kate Myers, Martina Niland, Piers Tempest
  • Executive Producers: Robert Bevan, David Collins, Nic Hatch, Michael Henry, Samantha Horley, Cyril Megret
  • Art Direction: Brendan Rankin
  • Castings: Kelly Valentine Hendry, Victor Jenkins
  • Costume Design: Hazel Webb-Crozier
  • D.O.P.: Trevor Forrest
  • Editor: Matt Platts-Mills
  • Makeup: Niamh O'Loan
  • Music: Christian Henson
  • Production Design: Tom McCullagh
  • Set Decoration: Shane Bunting

Storyline

On Erin Island, an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, charming but somewhat work-shy Ciaran O’Shea, is tasked with greeting Lisa Nolan, a straight-laced young officer who has arrived from the mainland. Not that there is much for them to do, aside from dealing with the occasional drunk, and that’s usually O’Shea himself. But strange doings are afoot: the crew of a fishing boat disappears, whales start appearing dead on the shore, a local lobsterman catches a strange tentacled creature in his trap. Soon it becomes clear to O’Shea and Nolan that there’s something big out there, and that it’s hungry. It’s time to rally the villagers, arm the troops…and head to the pub.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Belfast, Ireland
  • Production Budget: £4 million
  • Production Companies: Forward Films, High Treason Productions, Irish Film Board, Nvizible, Samson Films

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Trivia

2012 Guide Analysis: "A fun low-budget Irish indie sci-fi monster movie set on an island off the coast, this is pure creature feature - think "Waking Ned Devine" meets "Deep Rising" with eccentric characters, lewd jokes, dead whales, decapitated fishermen and Lovecraftian squid monsters.

"Prince of Persia" star Coyle plays a small town alcoholic cop who joins forces with his straight-laced colleague (Bradley) in a battle to protect the local community from the "tentacled, fang-jawed, barb-tongued creatures' from the deep known as Grabbers".

The only survivor was someone whose blood alcohol level was so high he was literally toxic to the creatures, so the entire village has to get as pissed as possible to survive the night, except for Coyle's character who'll have to be sober for the first time in years.

The cast is mostly unknowns aside from that sexy hunk and much loved "Being Human" and "Little Dorrit" favourite Russell Tovey. The Sundance Film Festival obviously liked the look of it as well, scheduling it for the Park City at Midnight section."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 10 August 2012: Ireland
  • 6 September 2012: Kuwait
  • 13 September 2012: Russia
  • 29 November 2012: Singapore
  • 26 December 2012: UK
  • 25 January 2013: Japan
  • 20 February 2013: Sweden
  • 14 June 2013: Poland