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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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Some extra-terrestrials aren't friendly. See more »

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7 January 1983 (USA)  »

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The film was often incorrectly listed as a UK video nasty though it was never officially listed among the original 72 titles. 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 This Changed Earth (2011) See more »

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B-grade sci fi schlock classic!
20 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

I had been warned off watching 'Xtro' for years having been assured by everyone who had ever heard about it that it was cheap, awful and nasty trash. Suddenly I found myself with the inexplicable urge to watch it. "MUST see Xtro! MUST see Xtro!" became my mantra. Then finally I managed to find a copy. I held my breath as I fed it into my video player. I expected it to be bad. Real bad. Ted V. Mikels bad. Even Donald G. Jackson bad. (and that my friends is quite possibly as bad as it gets!) But even worse, with lots of added gore. However I was most surprised to find that 'Xtro' wasn't all that bad at all. Crappy acting, no budget, and the "special effects" aren't special or actually all that effective, but despite all that I was hooked from the word go, and satisfied when it ended. This is a superior sci fi video nasty. It's stupid yes, but it knows it is, and it delivers the goods. The plot itself is simple: man abducted by aliens returns years later to reunite with his son, but that in no way conveys just how freakin' STRANGE this movie is! Plus it contains nudity from Maryam D'Abo (the loveliest of the lovely D'Abo sisters), an unforgettably bizarre birth screen, a demented clown, and plenty of gore. It even features obscure 80s synth-poppers Tik and Tok! Beat that for sheer oddness! So forget the anti-'Xtro' brigade and give it a look. Fans of weird sci fi and horror movies will absolutely love this one! Highly recommended to b-movie buffs.


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