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Grabbers is a 2012 Irish Sci-Fi Horror comedy film starring Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Bronagh Gallagher, Lalor Roddy, and Ned Dennehy.

A small Irish town has run into a problem. You see, they're Ground Zero for an Alien Invasion. The aliens here are aquatic creatures with many tentacles that love to drink blood. However, they have one weakness: Alcohol! Luckily, this town may not have many things, but it has a well-stocked pub! As an unusually high tide comes in, the residents of the town begin the pub crawl of their lives...


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  • The Alcoholic:
    • O'Shea gets completely plastered every night. In fact, he's such an alcoholic that the film treats him not drinking for one night as major character development.
    • Paddy is such a drunk that the other characters are convinced that getting as drunk as he regularly is will kill them.
  • Antagonist Title: The titular "grabbers" are alien blood-sucking animals that have laid siege to the town.
  • Alien Blood: The grabbers have blue blood.
  • Big Bad: The male grabber acts as head of the colony.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Fatally so for the grabbers, for whom alcohol is literally toxic.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The grabbers are destroyed in an explosion, except for a few eggs that were ignored. Last shot of the film is one of them hatching
  • Hostile Weather: The grabbers can only attack anybody on land if it's raining. Naturally, a gigantic rainstorm hits the village at the same time the creatures show up.
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  • Kick the Dog: When the male grabber realizes he can't eat Smith due to all the alcohol in his system, he just swats him into the air, killing him. Just because he can.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The male grabber is genuinely threatening.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Anybody with a very high degree of alcohol in their blood is this to the grabbers.
  • Multipurpose Tongue: The grabbers use their tongues both to capture their prey and drink its blood.
  • Octopoid Aliens: The grabbers are explicitly compared to vampire squids, due to being aquatic, tentacled creatures with blood-sucking tongues.
  • One-Word Title
  • Our Vampires Are Different: These are aquatic, tentacled aliens who can't consume blood with a high alcohol content.
  • The Public Domain Channel: Night of the Living Dead (1968) is shown playing on TV in one scene.
  • A Round of Drinks for the House: Our heroes get everybody good, plastered and grabber-proof by offering free drinks at the local pub for the entire night.
  • Shout-Out
    • O'Shea watches a lot of Columbo.
    • When Smith gets tossed away by the male Grabber, ragdoll physics aside, the fact that his cadaver is highlighted by the moon as it passes in front of it resembles an iconic scene from ET The Extraterrestrial.
    • When rescuing O'Shea from the male grabber, Nolan paraphrases the famous line from Aliens, with an added helping of Country Matters.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: High alcohol content in the blood, because of its dessicant properties.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The grabbers attacking a fishing boat.


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