Xtro (1983)

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For those with a taste for the repugnant comes this gory blood-and-guts fest that tells the horrific story of a British fellow who gets kidnapped by aliens and three years later is returned carrying infectious spores that have transformed him into a kind of crab thingy that causes all kinds of perverse sexual and violent mayhem. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast

Philip Sayer
as Sam Phillips
Bernice Stegers
as Rachel Phillips
Danny Brainin
as Joe Daniels
Maryam d'Abo
as Analise
Simon Nash
as Tony Phillips
David Cardy
as Michael
Anna Wing
as Miss Goodman
Arthur Whybrow
as Mr. Knight
Robert Austin
as Van Driver
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Critic Reviews for Xtro

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Xtro is an ugly, mean-spirited and despairing thriller that left me thoroughly depressed. Why was this movie made? What vision filled the filmmakers with a desire to share this work with an audience?

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

It's a trashy and disgusting Alien rip-off that will take you on a trip you will not soon forget.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Xtro has... some great attempts at atmosphere and an emotional core to the story and if you get with the general sense of escalating weirdness you'll have a good time.

Jun 1, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Xtro may be morbid, unsettling, and even upsetting--it pushes upon boundaries and then crosses them--but it's a bonafide original in the genre.

Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

a cheap-looking amalgam of previously used horror effects, with not a single fresh idea of its own except to jam them together in one place.

Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

Ranges from bad sci-fi to stereotypical B-horror to British TV-like drama to Child's Play-like slasher to... just plain weird

Apr 19, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Xtro

½

Decent Alien Rip-off, Xtro doesn't cover new ground in terms of alien themed horror films, but is a fun little B movie that boasts some memorable moments. However I have seen far better rip-off of Alien and Xtro though somewhat entertaining, leaves a lot to be desired in terms of what it could have been. I enjoyed the film for what it was, but felt it could have been a bit better. The performances were an aspect that could have greatly improved, however the gore effects is where the film excelled and they were quite good considering the budget of the film. Sci Fi horror fans may enjoy the camp value of Xtro, but they will surely feel that in terms of an Alien type horror yarn, it is a weak affair that is really only worth checking out once. Unlike its horrible sequels, this was actually quite entertaining and decent despite the fact that it was weak compared to others in this genre. The best way to view this film is as a guilty pleasure. The effects are the best thing about the film and it overcomes its slightly thin plot. Gore fans may enjoy I, but to those looking for great horror that is memorable and thrilling, you'll sadly be disappointed. This is a decent picture that delivers good effects, but leaves a lot to be desired from its weak plot. Expect something mildly amusing, and you may like it. I enjoyed the film, but I also felt it could have been much better as well, and there was plenty of room for improvement.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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God-Awful!

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

A bit of low-budget Alien fun from Britain. Not a great film of course but it has enough memorable moments to it, from a bit of Alien rape, cheesy gore effects, a boy able to give life to his toys and Marym d'Abo in the nude! Not as good as Inseminoid, but worth a look if you enjoy cheesy Alien films.

Lee ?
Lee ?

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A cruel and absurd cinematic gem. Only a British film could be so off-beat and terrifying at the same time. It had the uncomfortable atmosphere of Don't Look Now and The Wicker Man. I was honestly expecting an Alien knock-off, but what I got was creative, if ludicrous filmmaking. Set in Britain, we see a man abducted by aliens. 3 years pass and everyone assumes he just left, though his son is plagued by nightmares. An alien arrives and starts killing and impregnating people. The alien pregnancy scene is horrific. It's so detailed and gruesome, it really does make the chestburster scene in Alien look quaint. Not much makes sense after that, but I enjoyed it all. It was some weird fucked up fantasy with a midget clown, toys coming to life, and dads sucking on their son's shoulders (don't ask). The effects are truly repulsive and fantastic. I pray for a return to films like this. CGI would have been so bland. It will take a morbid person to truly appreciate the humor and bizarre tone, but it's unlike so many films, where scenes of pure fantasy are played straight-faced and for real.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

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