Starring : Maryam d’Abo, Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Simon Nash, Peter Mandell, David Cardy, Anna Wing, Susie Silvey, and Katherine Best.
Directed by : Harry Bromley Davenport.
Released : January 1983.
Xtro truly is one of the most dark, disturbing, and graphic alien abduction movies ever made. I don’t think we have ever been this close since Alien (1979) and that alien abduction sequence from Fire in the Sky (1993). Xtro is about Sam, the father of the very young Tony, who is abducted by aliens and vanishes without a trace until three years later. Since his mysterious disappearance, his wife Rachel has moved on and is now living with a new lover, Joe, however, her son Tony still believes his father is coming back. But then one day, Sam does indeed return, but something is wrong and he is not himself.
Xtro jumps right into the plot within its first five minutes or so with the abduction of Sam, whom returns three years later in the shape of a very strange-looking alien which uses its tongue to impregnate a woman. Then, in one of the grossest scenes ever, this woman gives birth to a fully-grown man (the newly returned Sam, in human form). This scene is the most wicked one we’ve seen since the chestburster sequence in Alien. Following his return, Sam reunites with his family but Rachel and Joe are uneasy about all of this, that is with the exception of little Tony.
Soon enough, strange things start occurring around the house. First off, Tony walks in on Sam eating one of the eggs belonging to his son’s pet snake, then in another scene, Sam somehow “possesses” some of Tony’s toys such as a clown and a soldier action figure and they act as ‘minions’ of sorts to the alien. He sends the toy soldier, which is now a fully-grown life-size figure, to murder the next door old lady who has been posing as a problem. This is like a scene out of The Twilight Zone as the life-size toy soldier does indeed look like a huge plastic action figure that moves like a creepy cyborg.
Then there’s the toy clown which is the size of a dwarf. This creepy little clown works together with Tony, together, they kidnap people and cocoon them. But for what? Xtro is one of those movies that keep you guessing what’s going to happen next. The alien life-form in this is very original and terrifying, it’s life-cycle is even more interesting. In no way is Xtro a rip off or clone of Alien, rather, think of it as a more dark and menacing version of Steven Spielberg’s E.T.