Above: Click to enlarge picture. The production team and Kevin Lehane who work on 'Grabbers' the movie are terrific folks and once again today they liked my pithy little tweet and put it in their list of “favourites.” 21-1-2012
In his first starring role since appearing in the blockbuster Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Richard Coyle plays O'Shea, the washed-up local policeman forced to sober up when the fang-jawed, barbed tongued, multi-tentacle spider-like aliens start invading his sleepy shores."Being funny and frightening is a hard balancing act to maintain," remarks Coyle. "But I thought the Grabbers script got that tone exactly right. Plus the irreverent comedy element had a great deal of substance to it. O'Shea does the minimum to keep people happy. Then the giant Grabber turns up followed by the smaller mother and the baby ones we call Jumpers because of their springy tails. So he has to clean up his act real fast - a big alien monster chasing you along a beach squirting nasty liquid will do that!"
Vying for Lisa's affections is research scientist Smith played by Russell Tovey, star of the hit TV fantasy Being Human. "I'm the only Englishman on the island so I didn't have to learn an Irish accent like Richard," laughs Tovey. "Smith thinks he's discovered a new species when encountering the Grabbers but soon learns the awful truth. Jon has told me I'm the best drunk in the movie, which slightly worries me. I mean, is that a compliment? But I must say I've loved doing the stunt work tonight as we've all congregated at Maher's pub where we're besieged by the creatures Night of the Living Dead style."
That public house location is in Moville, County Donegal, a perfect match to interiors filmed before Christmas 2010 in nearby Belfast. "Aliens always landing in America really bothers me,"comments director Jon Wright. "And Grabbers was the ideal script to blow that notion out of the water and funnel the fun monster mayhem through an independent movie prism. In these days ofMonsters, District 9 and Moon, where you can't tell what's CGI anymore, Grabbers can deliver all the action and thrills of a Hollywood tent pole. We have an extensive post-production period where Nvizible visual effects supervisor Paddy Gleason [Clash of the Titans] can augment the work of prosthetic creature effects man Shaune Harrison [Captain America] to create and finesse the exciting alien action. I want something feral, primal and H. P. Lovecraft influenced, like in The Mist, that if it came at you out of the dark you'd experience an adrenalin rush. And when people are also drunk while battling these nightmares, well that's the most entertaining movie I could possibly think of, one that pushes both horror and comedy buttons hard."