Initially, this film slipped past my radar, as I’ve seen many contenders tackling the mockumentary genre, aspiring to be like some of the greats within the genre. However, what I also missed was that it was from the creators of Flight of the Conchords, and that is by all means a favorite of mine. Instead, we follow a group of vampires living within an eerie old flat in Wellington. Each of them contends with their own problems, usually initiating more squabbles in the process. But, the petty drama of long time roommates in a world they don’t understand is all part of the fun. So, what can these flatmates teach us ignorant mortals? Read on and find out!
Directed by John Wright and story by Kevin Lehane, Grabbers is a 2012 horror-comedy about small island town that faces off against tentacled horrors that dwell in the sea. It follows two Garda officers as they’re deployed to the seaside community, only to discover their problems lie beyond rude dock workers, drunken fools and deranged scientists. Teaming up with various survivors of “The Grabbers”, the motley crew does all they can to keep these monstrous horrors from consuming the entire island. As one would expect, it’s campy and schlocky, but that’s what the film was intending to go for in the first place.
Author’s Note: I was originally planning on reviewing this for a magazine, but some things sadly didn’t quite work out. As a result, I revisited what I wrote and used it as notes as I watched it again. Needless to say, not many of my opinions have changed. Enjoy. Also beware, this review contains spoilers. If ya wanna avoid spoilers, hop down to the smiling Erin Island sign!
Image Sources – Grabbers Screenshots via Horrorhoneys, Bloody-Disgusting, Slant Magazine; Grabbing Arm – Amazon
I enjoyed writing this review just as much as I enjoyed this movie! I’ve always had a soft spot for horror-comedy of almost any kind though. But, this one does things a bit differently.
Two country brothers face an evil greater than anything they could imagine… COLLEGE STUDENTS!