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« on: December 15, 2013, 04:01:07 PM »



Bloodsucking tentacled monsters attack an Irish island. There's just one catch - alcohol is toxic to them, so if they suck the blood of a drunk person, they'll die. The islanders get stinking drunk to make themselves inedible to the creatures. Definitely a fun little movie. Nabbed this on a whim at Wal-Mart and quite enjoyed it. Definitely ten bucks well spent.
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2013, 08:16:34 AM »

This has been on my wish list for a while (I love monster movies - even most of the bad ones).  It has had good words spoken of it by viewers in forums, and the creatures look more interesting than normal.  Now I really need to see it!
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2013, 09:27:37 AM »

Drunken Irishmen, and tentacled monsters. How could it fail, with an opportunity like that?  Smile
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2013, 10:12:00 AM »

This is actually a good movie, and shouldn't be in bad movies  TongueOut
Enjoyed this film quite a bit. Lots of fun.
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2013, 04:26:20 PM »

Well, it isn't bad, but it is a cheesy monster movie, and everyone else posts those here, so...  BounceGiggle
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2013, 06:18:18 PM »

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 I like Cheese.
Cheese Is good.
Not bad movies, just mis-understood.
Cinematic Bree from A to Z.
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013, 05:27:51 PM »

The problem with this movie is that if you've seen "Tremors", which I think most of us have, you're going to spend the entire film thinking: "This is Tremors only in Ireland". The CGI is very poor, the joke about Irish people all being alcoholics who deal with every problem by getting creatively drunk wears thin well before the end, you have to watch many, many scenes of sober actors pretending to be drunk, which is almost impossible to do, and the best joke - villagers trying to fight unexpected monsters in a country where almost nobody has legal guns arm themselves with improvised weapons which are hopelessly crappy - could have been handled a lot better. If you want to see a recent low-budget independent Irish film which is better than this in every respect apart from not having any monsters in it (though a lot more guns) and is much more laugh-out-loud funny in surprising ways, you might want to check out "The Guard".
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2013, 11:00:19 AM »

It's a good thing that it was made in Ireland though. If it had been made here in the United States, political advocacy groups like the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the ACLU, and even President O'Bama our half-Irish king Himself, would have stepped in and condemned the project for being "racist" against Irish people.

I'm not calling this movie "racist" at all; Irish people should be allowed to make fun of their own stereotypes, because everybody knows that the Irish love to drink. I'm simply illustrating the silliness of American feel-good politics, where everything is offensive to somebody, everything is a political issue, and everybody gets a soapbox and a trophy.  Cheers
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2013, 11:41:36 AM »

This one turned up on Netflix last night so I added it to my "list" to check out later. Looks like a hoot.
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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2013, 10:56:01 PM »

Hey - an Irishman is never truly drunk as long as he can hold on to a single blade of grass and avoid falling off the surface of the earth!
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« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2013, 09:26:35 AM »

Ah, ya went and open da door, lad.

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« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2013, 04:07:59 AM »

The problem with this movie is that if you've seen "Tremors", which I think most of us have, you're going to spend the entire film thinking: "This is Tremors only in Ireland".

So? Plenty of blatant copycat movies can be fun. Simply being a copycat doesn't automatically mean something sucks, no matter what the guys over at Jabootu and the Agony Booth say (seriously, they see Alien and Star Wars ripoffs in everything).

Besides, tentacled monsters on an Irish island make this remind me of 1966's Island of Terror more than [iTremors[/i].

The CGI is very poor,

But the practical effects are good.
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« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2013, 09:20:10 AM »


So? Plenty of blatant copycat movies can be fun. Simply being a copycat doesn't automatically mean something sucks, no matter what the guys over at Jabootu and the Agony Booth say (seriously, they see Alien and Star Wars ripoffs in everything).

Besides, tentacled monsters on an Irish island make this remind me of 1966's Island of Terror more than [iTremors[/i].
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Very true. The usual story layout is pretty predictable. But if it's told well, and some extra touches are included, I say, bring it!

Course, this bit from POLICE SQUAD might make for an interesting plot...

Frank Drebin: "It's the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy looses girl, boy searches for girl. boy finds girl. Boy loses girl in tragic blimp accident.

Woman: "Goodyear?"

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« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2013, 11:15:50 AM »

Simply being a copycat doesn't automatically mean something sucks, no matter what the guys over at Jabootu and the Agony Booth say (seriously, they see Alien and Star Wars ripoffs in everything).

Which were themselves ripoffs of older movies. Alien (1979) was a ripoff of It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958) (about an alien on a ship that massacres the crew) and Star Wars (1977) blatantly ripped off the Dune (197?) movie that was in production in the early 1970s but was sh!tcanned and not released until 1984 (Sarlacc the Sand Worm, anyone?).
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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2014, 11:12:34 AM »

I wanted to like this more than I did, but couldn't.  Would still give it a 2 out of 4, but once the characters in the know bring everyone to the pub the movie mostly went downhill.  I say mostly, because the huge grabber was pretty fun to see in action.  No idea why eating the one drunk guy didn't hurt it.  My best guess is that the one guy's moonshine was the actual poison, due to methanol content?  In that case, the frustratingly eggheaded scientist fellow should have offered that as a possibility.

My biggest complaint is that the required alcohol indulgence was painfully contrived and didn't seem to do anything.

Another problem was how the monster was literally too fast for anything human to survive encountering it at the beginning of the film, but it appeared to get slower later.

Did love the monster design, like something straight out of a Lovecraft story.  The grabbers remind me a lot of star vampires, which were a Robert Bloch creation, I believe.
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