genre Comedy Horror
director Jon Wright
writer Kevin Lehane
producers Tracy Brimm, Kate Myers, martina niland, eduardo levy, james martin, Piers Tempest
executive producers david collins, robert bevan, samantha horley, cyril mégret
cast Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey
country uk/Ireland
production status Completed
running time 93min
year 2011
us distribution IFC Films
uk distribution Sony Pictures


for the locals on erin island, it's the final round


On Erin Island, an idyllic rural fishing village off the coast of Ireland, Ciarán O’Shea, the charming but heavy-drinking local policeman, is tasked with greeting Lisa Nolan, a straightlaced young officer who has just arrived off the ferry. Not that there’s much for them to do, aside from dealing with the occasional drunk, and that’s usually O’Shea himself.

But strange doings are afoot: the crew of a fishing boat disappears, whales start appearing dead on the shore, a local lobsterman catches a strange tentacled creature in his trap. Soon it becomes clear to O’Shea and Nolan that there’s something big out there, and that it’s hungry. It’s time to rally the villagers, arm the troops…and head to the pub.


Inspired by genre classics like Tremors, Gremlins and, more recently, Shaun of the Dead, Grabbers is a broad comedy horror from Irish screenwriter Kevin Lehane, set in the colourful Waking Ned universe.

cast and crew

Directed by Jon Wright, Grabbers is his second film after Tormented, a teen horror released in the UK by Warners starring Alex Pettyfer. Jon began life as a music video and commercials director for the likes of Microsoft. Writer and ideas man Kevin Lehane is from Cork, Ireland – in 2007 he spent time in Boston at the University’s “Writer in Hollywood” program.

Our cast includes Richard Coyle (Prince of Persia, W.E., Going Postal), Russell Tovey (The History Boys, Being Human), Bronagh Gallagher (The Commitments) and introducing Ruth Bradley.

DOP Trevor Forrest shot Tormented for Wright and other credits include the upcoming Huge with Thandie Newton and Noel Clarke and The Knot starring Mena Suvari.

Leading VFX house Nvizible headed by Paddy Eason is handling VFX on the film. Paddy has worked on some of the biggest grossing films over the last two decades including Prince of Persia, Clash Of The Titans, The Golden Compass and Harry Potter. Creature effects designer Shaun Harrison is one of the leading designers in the UK – Shaun’s credits include Harry Potter 1-7, Star Wars 1 & 2, Sleepy Hollow and The Mummy.

Producers Tracy Brimm and Kate Myers of Forward Films have established themselves as a vital new presence producing Wright’s first film, Tormented, as well as Skeletons, which won the Michael Powell Best New British Feature Film at the Edinburgh Festival. Irish production partners are Samson Films, producers of Once. Producers Eduardo Levy and James Martin of High Treason Productions came on board as producers and investors in the film. Piers Tempest heads Salt’s financing and production team whose recent credits include Killing Bono, The Caller and Like Minds.

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