Grabbers (2012) Review: Aliens & Alcoholics

“Sobriety Kills!”

Synopsis: When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

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Calamity Brains:

Grabbers is one of those disappointing movies with a fabulous premise and a confusingly serious tone. The idea of an alien allergic to alcohol that can only be fought while you’re drunk is a plot that practically screams to be a horror-comedy – and yet Grabbers is played oddly straight, choosing instead to focus on an alcoholic’s redemption rather than the inherently ridiculous premise.

While one cop on a tiny Irish island goes on holiday, rookie Lisa (Ruth Bradley) is sent in to help out the other. Ciarán (Richard Coyle) is a drunken mess, and kind of a jerk, but Lisa warms him up as they investigate a series of suspicious incidents that eventually lead them to conclude that an alien lifeform is loose on the island and they are all in danger. Cut off from the mainland until morning, their only hope is to barricade the locals in the bar and instigate a drunken lockdown to keep everyone safe.

And despite all of that, most of the movie focuses on Ciarán and his relationship with both his past and the new cop. What little chemistry they have never really comes to fruition as the plot thickens, and the whole movie is really a let down – some cool moments are not enough to rescue it from the audience’s knowledge of what could have been.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: C
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The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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