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Creature Feature Wednesdays: Irish drinking with some 'Grabbers'

Let’s take a voyage across the pond this week and honor Ireland’s 2012 comedic creature-feature export: Grabbers. It may sound a lot like graboids (à la Tremors) in name, but instead of a dry desert setting, think cold seaside town. And water-based alien creatures.

The Gist

Our heroes are a couple of Irish police officers (aka Garda): one hardened alcoholic, O’Shea (Richard Coyle, A.D. The Bible Continues), and one straight-laced rookie out to prove herself, Nolan (Ruth Bradley, Primeval). While all other authority is out of town, this odd pairing is forced to work together (and eventually “get together”) when disaster strikes—an alien invasion of sorts. The normal stuff.

It begins when people start to go missing in the remote Irish village of Aran Island. The offenders are quickly identified as a bunch of sea-dwelling monsters with—eek—tentacles! Forget octopi, we’re talking about alien beings. The town’s trouble is doubled when a massive storm hits Aran Island, enabling the chief alien in charge to come ashore and feast on people. 

The Defense

The story is uncomplicated, but the twist is brilliant. After the town drunk miraculously survives an attack by one of the creatures, marine biologist Dr. Smith (Russel Tovey) builds his hypothesis: Alcohol consumption is lethal to the aliens.
Grabbers - Nolan and O

How great is that? Be honest, if you ever found yourself under attack by a bunch of bloodthirsty monsters, you’d be more than happy to do your “part” by drinking (a lot), right? And that’s just what they do. The townsfolk gather at the local pub, have a party, and collectively get obliterated. O’Shea stays sober for the greater good, while newbie Nolan gets smashed.

Spoiler: In the end, terrifically strong moonshine saves the day. What other movie can boast that weapon of choice?

Alien References

As many modern flicks will do, Grabbers pays admirable homage to the greats that came before—specifically, the Alien movies. First off, a small “grabber” manages to latch on to O’Shea in a manner that bears a striking resemblance to everyone’s favorite little alien: the facehugger. And in the end, Nolan rescues O’Shea from Papa Grabber by recreating Sigourney Weaver’s famous forklift suit scene in Aliens.

Small tributes like the aforementioned help viewers relate to the movie and its makers—we’re all members of the sci-fi/horror fan club!

Promo Art

Finally, Grabbers had some kickass posters:

Grabbers Poster 1

Grabbers Poster 2

Grabbers Poster 3

Fun Facts

  • At the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival, Grabbers was named one of the “Best of the Fest.”
  • The film was shot during Ireland’s worst winter weather in over 100 years.
  • Director Jon Wright got the leads (Coyle and Bradley) drunk off-set and filmed it. You know, as later inspiration for acting.

View the trailer for Grabbers below:

Tips for viewing: With the exception of a few, these movies are not masterpieces. Don’t view them as such. Don’t take them seriously. Watch them with friends and create your own commentary—on the acting, editing, bad choices, etc. And remember—have fun!

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Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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