When big-mouthed, multi-tentacled aliens from outer space invade a small island off the Irish coast, the locals discover the killer creatures need blood and water to stay alive. But blood containing high levels of alcohol is poisonous to them, so a decision is made at the pub. "We have a lock-in. We stay out of the rain. And we drink." But will the islanders be able to fight off the rapidly-growing, multiplying, hungry monsters if they're can't even walk in a straight line?
Grabbers is what so many films on the SyFy TV channel try to be - and fail. It's an unashamed B-movie, and it's pure entertainment. There's a sharp, witty script, with likeable characters we actually care about. Horror and sci-fi fans will have fun spotting the movie references (I noticed nods to Jaws, Alien, Aliens, Gremlins and Night Of The Living Dead). But there's more to this than dark, knowing humour. The creature design and special effects are surprisingly effective, right down to the way the aliens get around. Yes there's a lot of CGI at play - but it's impressive and convincing CGI! None of that cheap-looking, distracting stuff.
The cinematography is beautiful, capturing the wonderful scenery, and creating atmosphere in the interior shots with clever use of light. The score is rich and orchestral, and makes the film feel like a much bigger-budget production.
Grabbers reminded me a lot of Tremors - but with Irish people getting drunk and saying "feck" a lot. If you liked that film, you really should check this one out, too. It's not especially frightening, though it is creepy at times, and might make you jump. What we get is a good-natured film that's hard to dislike. It's fast-paced, funny and lots of fun. And why it's not better known, is a total mystery to me.