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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 overview, first billed only:
Philip Sayer ... Sam Phillips
... Rachel Phillips
Danny Brainin ... Joe Daniels
... Analise Mercier
Simon Nash ... Tony Phillips
Peter Mandell ... Clown
David Cardy ... Michael
Anna Wing ... Mrs. Goodman
... 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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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 »

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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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Referenced in Xploring Xtro (2018) See more »

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Cheerful 'Video Nasty'
25 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

It's easy to pass Xtro off as a piece of trash; as that's essentially what it is, but those who are well versed in Sci-Fi horror will surely see it's positive elements shining through. It would seem that just about every idea director Harry Bromley Davenport ever had has ended up in this film, and so what we end up with is a disjointed and silly; albeit continually shocking and inventive little movie, which blends over the top images of extreme gore with the corruption of a family unit. The film was a part of the DPP's 'Video Nasty' list back in the eighties, which has ended up meaning that the film has an unfavourable reputation, which it doesn't really deserve; both because the cheesy gore effects can't really be taken seriously, and because the film is too cheerful to be reputed as a shocker. The plot is actually quite good, as it follows a young boy who witnesses his father being taken by aliens. Naturally, nobody believes him; although his story becomes somewhat more plausible three years later when his father reappears and disrupts the mother and her new man with his presence, and murderous new powers.

The film features several memorable scenes, the best of which sees a woman giving birth to a fully grown man! The special effects clearly didn't cost much, but that's not a problem as they fit the film and the director does well in ensuring that the effects are consistent in their style, and that they always fit the tone of the movie. The film was produced in Britain, and take obvious influence from Ridley Scott's masterpiece, 'Alien' as well as a whole range of other Sci-Fi films. The plot is well used in conjunction with the idea of a malevolent alien coming to Earth and killing people, and by keeping the focus on the disrupted family unit; director Harry Bromley Davenport manages to elevate the film above the normal level of B-grade schlock. The film isn't strong on atmosphere, although the poor production values do give it a gritty feel that bodes well with the plot. The acting is typically terrible, with only Bernice Stegers ('Macabre') providing any kind of standout. Overall, this film will no doubt be too silly and inconstant for some; but if you like your films to be weird and high on imagination; you can't go wrong with Xtro!


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