[From IMDB:] 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.
If anything, the reason that Grabbers doesn’t quite match its British counterpart is because its plot felt a bit too derivative. Not only did it call to mind Slither and Shaun of the Dead, but also The Frighteners – among other obviously intentionally referenced horror movies – which, while entertaining in and of itself (because who doesn’t love a good dose of nostalgia?), didn’t exactly leave much room for an appreciation of Grabbers as a movie in its own right.
Which is not to say that it isn’t a good movie – because, as I said above, it’s fun. The cast work really well together to deliver a number of genuine laugh out loud moments, despite a fairly typical plot of ‘boy meets girl, girl doesn’t like boy, girl gets uproariously drunk and fights off a monster with boy and decides she does like boy, because…reasons.’ And all of the elements that bring the monsters alive – from their designs, to the CGI and physical special effects – all look fantastic, which more than makes up for the slightly underwhelming horror of their gory rampage.
I guess in a lot of ways Grabbers is like the perfect, drunken one night stand. Everyone enjoys the experience, no one has any horror stories to share with their friends after the fact. It doesn’t quite get around to making you breakfast in the morning, but it ends up becoming a pleasant memory that you can file away and forget after the fact.