Director Harry Bromley Davenport doesn’t much rate his British horror: “An extraordinary mess . . . It’s rubbish”. He may have a point.
You can’t accuse Xtro of predictability, though. Stirring together alien abduction, monster horror, telekinesis shocker and domestic drama, it sees a father abducted by aliens returning home to his family years later strangely altered . . .
Endlessly protean, it’s constantly wrong-footing you. At its oddest, it achieves the same pop surrealism as a film like Phantasm (1978) and committed performances by Philip Sayer as the dad and Bernice Stegers as his bewildered missus mean that, for a moment, it might even move you.
Maryam d’Abo appears in her movie debut.
Is it rubbish? Oh yes. Is it extraordinary? Yes, that too.
Sean Crawford (as Tok)
Tim Dry (as Tik)
Woman in Cottage
Harry Bromley Davenport