I’m not sure how/why I noticed this film, but I’m glad I did.
The premise of the film is simple: all Irish people are raging alcoholics. And as they said for Human Centipede: based on medical fact.
I can best describe the story as an Irish War of the Worlds. There’s a meteor splash-down just off the coast of a small Irish island. Several fishermen go missing and later we see one (exceptionally drunk) fisherman trapping a strange creature and (in true Irish fashion) taking it home and keeping it in his bath.
Meanwhile, a (rather hot!) female replacement for the police chief arrives on the island and is partnered with the local alcoholic copper.
While drunk (again!) the fisherman recounts the story of his monster-in-the-bath to the local copper (also drunk again). It is of course dismissed as drunken ramblings but turns out to be true when said fisherman returns home to find a large hole in his house and his bath outside.
Well, suffice it to say that they (somehow) manage to put two and two together and realise that the creature needs water. Thinking they’re safe on land the islanders quickly realise they’re screwed since they’re about to have a massive rain storm wash in and allow the monster to roam the island. They also realise that the aforementioned drunken fisherman never seems to get attacked. They eventually manage to capture a small monster, realise it’s a female with eggs and that the monster despises alcohol. The solution: get everyone in the pub for a lock-in and get smashed. Genius!
For being a low budget film (apparently only £4m) the acting and effects are top notch. The big wet slimy monster is, of course, CGI but it looks good smashing up cars and peeing on people.
It’s no Godzilla, not by any means, but it’s a fun (sometimes dark) comedy poking fun at the Irish with splashes of gore. It does get a -1 for pulling in all the usual ‘life lessons’ (sobering up, love, etc.).
I have to say though, a comedy film with so much tentacles, and not a testicle joke? Dear oh dear…