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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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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

The film was often incorrectly listed as a UK video nasty though it was never officially listed among the original 72 titles. 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 but since the prologue is a dream of Tony's, he can have the same age in the dream and in real life, even if three years have passed since the events shown in the dream. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Knight: Cheap foreign bulbs!
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema release had a totally differant ending to the version released onto video. Following the scene where the "alien" Sam takes his son up into the spacecraft, the cinema ending shows Bernice arriving home to find the house filled with exact doubles of her son (which have presumably hatched from the eggs shown earlier in the film) which all say "mummy" as she enters the room. The video release however shows her arriving home to find the bathroom full of the aforementioned alien eggs. As she goes to have a closer look, one cracks open and an alien "sucker" device (same as the one that came out of the Alien who attacked the blonde woman near the beginning of the film) bursts out off the egg and clamps over her mouth. The cinema (happy ending) version has also been shown on the UK sci-fi channel. See more »

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Talk about a trip-out!
25 October 2008 | by lost-in-limboSee 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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