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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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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

X-tro See more »

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Mono

Color:

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1.66 : 1
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Director Harry Bromley Davenport humorously described his score for the film in an interview as "screaming synthesizers." See more »

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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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A lot better than it's rating suggests!
6 September 2003 | by Snake-666See all my reviews

After being abducted by aliens three years earlier Sam (Phillip Sayer) returns to earth and reunites himself with his wife Rachel (Bernice Stegers) and son Tony (Simon Nash). While Sam was away Rachel moved on with her life and started seeing Joe (Danny Brainin) and after the arrival of Sam at the couples flat Joe begins to suspect that Sam is not all that he appears to be.

‘Xtro' is not a bad little sci-fi horror movie in my opinion. While it suffers from bad, wooden acting and a sometimes incoherent plot the film is generally well thought out and capably directed by Harry Bromley Davenport. The biggest complaint I have with the movie was the lack of character development with regards to the alien. While some creatures or villains are scarier when the viewer is unaware of its origins I feel this particular life form would have benefited from at least a slight background story which was sadly lacking. However, though the plot can be sometimes a little confusing, most of the story eventually comes across well despite leaving a few unanswered questions and being slow in places. As I previously mentioned the film was fairly well directed and this really comes through in a few scenes which generally have an extremely trippy and unnerving effect.

The effects in ‘Xtro' are quite surprisingly of very good quality especially considering the budget for this flick. Though one or two of the make-up effects looked rather out-of-place from the rest most of the effects were well produced and made ‘Xtro' a rather gory movie which should keep gore fans happy. This movie found its way onto the infamous Video Nasty list and though it probably should not have been put there one can almost understand why as it features a couple of particularly brutal scenes involving women. Having said that there are far more vile movies out there and it would seem ‘Xtro' was just a poor victim of media propaganda.

‘Xtro' is certainly worth a look in my opinion for sci-fi/horror fans. Complete with a delightfully erratic and haunting 80's soundtrack the movie is fairly entertaining despite its shortcomings. ‘Xtro' is probably not for those who expect a lot of action but instead a good movie for people who like slow-paced movies with various plot aspects to think about. My rating for ‘Xtro' – 7/10.


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