Synopsis: Police officer Lisa Nolan comes to Aran Island, Ireland, to take charge during a colleague's two-week holiday. Simultaneously, blood-thirsty, sea-dwelling aliens arrive at the quiet island to propagate. As dead whales wash up on shore and people start mysteriously disappearing, officers and a few locals slowly discover their peril along with one sure defense - high blood alcohol levels, which the aliens can't stomach. As a storm approaches, enabling hungry hatchlings access to the locals, an open bar kicks off a desperate bid for survival as inebriated police and friends stagger to remain cognizant long enough to thwart the alien invasion.
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Jon Wright
Production: IFC
  4 wins & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Haven Point, Haven Point, Haven Point,

this is trawler Sea Harvester.

Position - Five nautical

miles west of Erin Island.

Responding to unknown

distress flare, over.

That was not a flare.

Sea Harvester, this is

Haven Point Coast Guard.

Can you see the vessel in distress?

Roy! You seeing anything?



Oh, Jesus' Stripes!


Radio out a Mayday.

Sea Harvester


Man overboard! Man overboard!

Man overboard!


Jesus! Skipper!


Sea Harvester, Emergency Rescue despatched. Please respond, over.

Oh, shit.

Hi, O'Shea, isn't it? Ciarn?

My name is Lisa Nolan, Garda Lisa Nolan.

- You are not serious?

- What?

You getting in or what?

- I have a bag.

- Put it in the boot.

- Would you like a mint?

- Hmm?

No, thanks. They give me a heartburn.

Garda Nolan. 'Tis lovely to have you.

- Lovely to be here.

- Lovely to have you.

Oh... coffee.

Oh, that'll be great,

thank you. Here you go.


- What do you think of the place?

- It's gorgeous, isn't it?

- It is, indeed. 'Tis, indeed.

- Quiet as shite.

- Milk?

- What kind?

- Cow's.

- I'll just take a black, thanks.

So, you are gonna have

my desk, when I'm gone.

O'Shea here will tell you, with half the

island leaving for the show on Dungary,

it'll be dead this weekend.

- I'm sure I'll find something to do.

- Sure you will.

- Here you go now.

- Thanks.

- She really necessary?

- Do tell me, boy.

You are only gone two weeks.

I can handle two weeks.

You could, but you wouldn't!

Tadhg, take a look at this.

It's a big 'un.

- That's not a lobster.

- Then what is it?

Feck! You bastard, you! Paddy!

You knew it was going to do that.

I didn't, on me life.

Ugh! The smell!

- What is it?

- 'Tis no fekkin' lobster!

I had some holidays saved,

that needed to be taken, and...

this posting came up and I just thought,

you know, "What harm? Why not?"

Can't hurt with the

Review Board, you know.

Ah... the old Review Board.

- Where are you stationed?

- Dublin Central.

- How's that working out for you?

- Oh, it's great.

We've got our drugs, muggings,

murders and rapes. Always on the go.

Oh, it's exciting. You can relax,

there's none of that here.

You never know. It's always the quiet

places where the mad shit happens.

Just open a paper.

In all my years, I've never

seen anything like it.

Lisa Nolan. Jim Gleeson, local doctor.

- Hello, love, how are you?

- Grand, thanks.

Wouldn't have any aspirin

on you, would you, Jim?

I have a couple of wine gums.

Would you like a wine gum?

- All right.

- Look who's here.

I'd prefer it if you'd

introduced me as 'Garda Nolan'.

- Nobody minds.

- I do.

- What happened?

- Yeah... one second.

- Smith.

- Lisa.

- Hi.

- Hi.

Smith's a marine psychologist

or something.

- Did I get that right?

- No, it's marine ecology.

Will you hold this a second?

So, how long are you here for?

I'm here two weeks.

Oh, wonderful. Whereabouts you staying?

So... they are dead.

Dead? Oh, no. They are just sleeping.

- So, what happened?

- Well...

They are pilot whales.

It happens with them from time to time,

but no one really knows why.

And what are all these deep cuts?

Possible wounds from the rocks,

while being washed up here.

- They didn't beach themselves?

- Oh, no. They died at sea.

All of them? At once?

- Yeah, it's a strange one all right.

- Yeah.

- Squeamish?

- No.

- No?

- No.

Good to know.

Okay, there's an orifice...

What's that?

- What is that?

- That.

It's a hand in a claw position?

It's a dead one of those.

That's global, isn't it?

- I don't get it.

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Kevin Lehane

Kevin Lehane is an Irish screenwriter. In 2009, his speculative screenplay Grabbers was listed on the Brit List and in late 2010 it began production marking his feature film debut. In 2013, he was nominated for a Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award for Best First Feature and an IFTA Award for his script to Grabbers at the 10th Annual Irish Film and Television Academy awards. more…

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