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Xtro (1982)

A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Sayer Philip Sayer ... Sam Phillips
Bernice Stegers ... Rachel Phillips
Danny Brainin Danny Brainin ... Joe Daniels
Maryam d'Abo ... Analise Mercier
Simon Nash Simon Nash ... Tony Phillips
Peter Mandell Peter Mandell ... Clown
David Cardy David Cardy ... Michael
Anna Wing Anna Wing ... Mrs. Goodman
Robert Fyfe ... Doctor
Katherine Best Katherine Best ... Jane
Robert Pereno Robert Pereno ... Ben
Sean Crawford Sean Crawford ... Commando (as Tok)
Tim Dry Tim Dry ... Monster (as Tik)
Susie Silvey Susie Silvey ... Woman in Cottage
Arthur Whybrow Arthur Whybrow ... Mr. Knight
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Storyline

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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This Alien is Pure Evil. See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

X-tro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A DVD release says in the synopsis that Sam Phillips is a scientist. However, this isn't mentioned anywhere in the movie at all. See more »

Goofs

In the prologue, Tony and Sam are seen together before Sam's abduction. The movie then fast forwards to three years later. Despite this, Tony doesn't seem to have aged at all. He still looks the same age throughout the whole movie. See more »

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German version has a different, happy, ending See more »

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Delightfully disturbing
11 October 2009 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I remember when I was a child I got hold of this weird VHS movie called XTRO that gave me so many delightful feelings of horror, fascination and a lasting crush on Maryam D'Abo. I was pretty much certain that my memories of it were warped and that if I watch it now it will all seem silly, but boy was I wrong.

The film itself finds strength in what other movies count as weaknesses: an unknown cast, low budget, plastic monster effects. I am convinced, though, that any remake with regular actors and computer CGI would not result in the same weird feeling, giving it almost complete realism. The only thing that I would have improved is the sound to image synchronization, which made it obvious that most sounds were added later in the studio.

The best part of the movie is the script. Both back in my childhood and now, it evoked feelings of kinship with the alien. And weirdly so, as it is one of the most nasty creatures in horror. The most intriguing aspect is the schizoid nature of the monster, part human part alien, torn between its merciless nature and the love for his human child.

Bottom line: there were three XTRO movies, with stories completely unrelated to each other, but only this one is worth watching. It continues to blow me away even now, despite (or maybe because) of its quirky production values and very original script. Actually, that is the only reason I didn't rate it a 9. If you love horror or SF, you should see it.


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