Director Harry Bromley Davenport doesn’t much rate his British horror. He called it, “An extraordinary mess . . . It’s rubbish”. He may have a point.
You certainly 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 (he’s now a four-legged crablike monster).
He assaults a gorgeous blonde and the next day explodes from her womb, a fully-grown human, later returning home to his wife to battle for custody of their son.
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, it is. Is it extraordinary? Yes, that too.
Sean Crawford (as Tok)
Tim Dry (as Tik)
Woman in Cottage
Harry Bromley Davenport