Sinister Screens

Grabbers (2012) ★★★★



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!


One of my favorite horror comedies of all time. To me, this is a classic. If you read the overview and it sounds like a must-watch, then take note: it’s executed brilliantly per that description. A small village of Irish locals must get drunk to fend off blood-thirsty tentacled creatures from outer space. Just so happens that the kryptonite of these suckers is…yep, booze. Luck of the Irish! So the Irish do what they do best: head to the local watering hole and fill themselves up!

Grabbers is hilarious, well-shot, with likable characters and very impressive creature effects. There are some violent kills and some knee-slapping scenes. It definitely holds its luster through multiple watches and more than ten years from its initial release.

And if you don’t love the drunken Paddy Barrett (played by Lalor Roddy), then you’re just not meant to enjoy this fun, humored gem. In that case, I’ll be more than happy to rewatch it for you.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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