Highly Anticipated Creature-Feature 'Grabbers' Set for Second-Quarter 2012 Release

UK VFX house Nvizible provided the film's various horrific monsters, and also acted as a finance and producing partner for the film.

Online PR News – 18-May-2012 – London, UK – London, UK, May 18, 2012 -- UK VFX house Nvizible provided the film's various horrific monsters, and also acted as a finance and producing partner for the film.  Premiered at Sundance 2012, the film has garnered rave reviews, not least for the film's outstanding visual effects, which serve to lift the film head and shoulders above its genre competitors.

Grabbers tells the story of a booze-sozzled policeman (Richard Coyle) who joins forces with straight-laced colleague (Ruth Bradley) in a battle to protect the local community from tentacled, fang-jawed, barb-tongued creatures from the deep. Said creatures turn out to be allergic to alcohol, leading to numerous comedic and action possibilities which the film-makers don't hesitate to exploit.

Scripted by first-time writer Kevin Lehane, 'Grabbers' was included in 2009's 'Brit List' of best unproduced screenplays. The film's director is Jon Wright, whose horror comedy 'Tormented' was described as "probably the most nuanced big-screen portrayal of comprehensive school since Gregory's Girl."  Twin leads are Richard Coyle ('Prince of Persia') and Ruth Bradley ('Flyboys').

The film was shot mid-winter 2011 in Northern Ireland and Donegal, Eire, and the crew had to brave snow, high winds and temperatures as low as minus 15C during the 7 week shoot.

Extracts of reviews following the film's Sundance screenings include:

"slimy, booze-soaked monster madness of the best kind. Funny, gory and with some feckin' good CGI. Grand."   - Total Film

"It's not only a finely crafted tribute to a long-lost style of filmmaking but it stands up in its own right too."  - Empire Online

"a romantic but surprisingly scary monster movie that feels like a lost Amblin flick, shaken and stirred with a dash of 'The Guard'."  - Empire's Damon Wise

A UK/Irish co-production, the high-concept monster movie was developed and produced with funding from BFI, Irish Film Board, Samson Films, Limelight Film Fund, High Treason and Nvizible Visual Effects. The production company was Forward Films, with whom Nvizible has previously worked on the films 'Tormented' (also directed by Jon Wright) and 'Skeletons' (BAFTA nominated for Outstanding Debut by a British Director, and recipient of the The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film.) International sales are being handled by SALT.

Nvizible launched in 2009 as an exciting alternative visual effects boutique, established primarily for producing high-end CGI and visual effects for film. Nvizible is a privately held company, formed by its directors, striving to provide greater flexibility, accessibility and creative control to all filmmakers.

Cannes contact - Paul Forrest - paul.forrest@nvizible.com, Nvizible - 8-9 Carlisle St, London, W1D 3BP, +44 (0)20-3167-3860, www.nvizible.com, studio@nvizible.com

Paul Forrest
8-9 Carlisle St,
London, W1D 3BP
+44 (0)20-3167-3860