The British have given us plenty of quality and classic horror films over the years, and Grabbers continues that nice tradition. It’s a horror comedy science fiction movie that once events spiral out of control the film becomes relentlessly entertaining, even though like many films this one borrows from other classics. Still director Jon Wright and a really good cast offer a unique and humorous spin on the whole “Aliens invade small town and try to eat the residents” shtick that has been done before. And the creature effects are quite good in this case for a cult film that doesn’t have a big budget; one of the things I like about horror movies is that since many of them are not well funded you get to see directors trying to create fictional realities the best they can on a limited scale and budget.
There is also a bit of a romantic element, as cops O’ Shea (Richard Coyle) and Lisa (Ruth Bradley) fight and argue while suppressing a growing attraction for each other. Also in the cast is Russell Tovey as Dr. Smith, and David Pearse as Brian, the local pub owner. Most of the jokes are alcohol related in nature, because the aliens are repelled by booze-if the people drink the aliens cannot suck out their blood. One of my favorite parts is when a drunk Lisa stumbles around-something that recalls many a night out either drinking or being around drunks. Even though the last act does borrow a tad from Aliens this film is really awesome, and I enjoyed watching it. Sometimes a horror movie doesn’t have to be really scary or gore filled to be a good or great movie.