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Xtro (1983)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi  -  January 1983 (USA)
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Tony's father Sam, abducted by aliens three years earlier, returns to earth and seeks out his wife and son, but Rachel has since been living with Joe and the reunion is awkward. Joe doesn't... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Sayer ...
Sam Phillips
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Rachel Phillips
Danny Brainin ...
Joe Daniels
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Analise Mercier
Simon Nash ...
Tony Phillips
Peter Mandell ...
Clown
David Cardy ...
Michael
Anna Wing ...
Mrs. Goodman
Robert Fyfe ...
Doctor
Katherine Best ...
Jane
Robert Pereno ...
Ben
Sean Crawford ...
Commando (as Tok)
Tim Dry ...
Monster (as Tik)
Susie Silvey ...
Woman in Cottage
Arthur Whybrow ...
Mr. Knight
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Tony's father Sam, abducted by aliens three years earlier, returns to earth and seeks out his wife and son, but Rachel has since been living with Joe and the reunion is awkward. Joe doesn't trust Sam, and Rachel can't quite decide what her feelings are for her two men. Sam is not the same as when he left, and he begins affecting Tony in frightening ways. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Director Harry Bromley Davenport stated in an interview on the DVD release that the bizarre atmosphere of the film was completely unintentional. See more »

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Talk about a trip-out!
25 October 2008 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Like director Harry Bromley Davenport mentions on the (very amusing and upfront short) interview that comes with the double pairing DVD of the first two films, it's a mess. Simple as that. It's an incoherent slab of twisted ideas and episodic plots, some quite random (a dwarf in a clown costume springs out of nowhere) in quite a bewildering British low-budget Sci-fi / horror production. No wonder why this is considered a cult favourite. Trashy and nasty junk indeed, but unusually compelling because you just don't know how it's going to go about things. Instead of a clear-cut narrative (as it does have a unique spin on the various materials within), the header is to mainly shock, baffle and weird out. It effectively does that with few creative visuals, bloody make-up FX and crass special effects. Achieved from the eerie imagery and Davenport's elastically wallowing synthesizer (sounding quite second-rate, but uncannily otherworldly) score is a thick dose of atmosphere. Even the film's colouring is drearily painted. Davenport's direction is eccentrically boundless and this helps it move quickly without outstaying its welcome, (even if has that slow-burn style to it). The cast are more than decent. Bernice Stegers provides a strong show-in and lifts it up with her presence. Philip Sayer is capably empathetic and the lovely French actress Maryam D'Abo makes her acting debut. A curiously surreal and sombre uneven (purposely I guess?) b-grade fright feature that from the get-go, leaves you pretty much in the dark.


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