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Really Awful Movies: Ep 221 – 47 Meters Down



You’ll never get a more straightforward title: 47 Meters Down. What could this possibly be about? Claire Holt and Mandy Moore portray sisters who are on vacation in Mexico. One of them is moving on from a recent, difficult breakup.

And they go on a deep sea diving expedition and swim around with the fishies in a cage.

Unfortunately, things go south…Guess you could say. The winch that’s holding their cage malfunctions and down down down they go, where they stop, nobody knows. Well, we do know. It’s 47 Meters…you know the rest.

47 Meters Down was a surprise box office hit. The film, a 2017 British flick directed by Johannes Roberts, written by Roberts and Ernest Riera, grossed a whopping 61.7 million. Originally slated as a VOD release, Entertainment Studios committed to a wide theatrical release. And a savvy business move that was.

So, where does this rank with respect to shark attack movies? It’s more survivalist flick than shark attack, but look at the poster. They know how their bread is buttered.

Join us on the Really Awful Movies Podcast as we dive into what’s good, and what’s not so good about 47 Meters Down.

Interested in animal attack movies? We delved into Grizzly on an earlier episode, and also, Kingdom of the Spiders with Scott Drebit (Daily Dead).


Really Awful Movies: Ep 212 – Grabbers



Grabbers! Grabbers! What’s a grabber? It’s some kind of octopus-like tentacled creature.

On this St Patrick’s Day episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we talk Ireland, JP Donleavy, Brendan Behan, Father Ted, pub culture, drinking, and cultural similarities between Canada and Ireland.

We have quite a few listeners in Ireland, and we thought we’d reach out to them and say “hi.” And what better way to do it, than through a fun, crazy, booze-fueled Roger Corman-esque tale?

Grabbers starts out with trawler fishermen who encounter strange tentacled things out on the high seas, later dubbed “Grabbers” by one of the denizens of a nearby island when they’re attacked by the creatures.

Have no fear, there’s a police presence. Barely. Garda O’Shea (Richard Coyle) is a useless drunk who barely keeps things in check in terms of getting folks to uphold the law. His partner, Nolan, is fresh from fighting real crime in Dublin. She’s visiting the island for a brief stint, to get away from big city problems.

Once the Grabbers take a foothold, it’s up to these two to marshal the forces of the island to combat them.

Turns out Grabbers are allergic to booze. Alcohol is toxic to these creatures, so this is used to wonderful comedic effect to rebuff them. The film turns into Assault on Precinct 13, with a publican and his patrons battening down the hatches to battle these beasts, all the while getting “pissed as a newt”. Sh*tfaced. Drunk as a lark. Drunk as a lord. Pissed.

If you’re a fan of monster movies, you’ll find yourself enjoying Grabbers. There are delightful characters, choice references to similar films (Predator and Alien) and compelling performances all around.

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