The drunken, science fiction comedy Grabbers has one of the best premises in recent memories. In order to save themselves from a throng of many-tentacled invaders, a small Irish fishing village must get drunk, very drunk, and stay that way. Watching the new TV spot, one can’t help but be reminded of Robert Rodriquez’s The Faculty, where the kids had to take a meth-like drug to beat the aliens. Imagine a more raucous, less serious version of that.
When local fishermen start disappearing, strange creatures start turning up in fishing nets, and whales start showing up dead on the beach, it is time for hard-drinking cop Ciaran O’Shea (Richard Coyle) and his straight-laced new partner Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley) to look into these mysteries. What they find is that their sleepy little hamlet is being invaded, and a group of gooey, squiggly monsters are devouring the citizens. Luckily for them they discover a way to remain safe. Tainting their blood with alcohol makes them poisonous to the creatures, so the whole town bellies up to the bar. You can imagine all the fun that follows that revelation.
The Grabbers YouTube page has three versions of this commercial. Each one is identical except for the various opening dates, depending on your locale.
Written by Kevin Lehane, and directed by Jon Wright, Grabbers opens in Irish theaters August 10th. It will hit some festivals, and hopefully the rest of the world will get to see it shortly, because it looks like a damn fine time.