Xtro: Limited Edition Box Set (1982) Review
My Bloody Reviews Verdict 9

Xtro: Limited Edition Box Set (1982) Review Father Sam Phillips (Philip Sayer) is playing with his family in the back garden of his idyllic English home when a bright light appears and seemingly abducts him. Three years later, the light returns and dumps a half human half alien creature. After slaughtering a couple who inadvertently ..

Summary Rating: 9.0 from 10 9.0 great

Xtro: Limited Edition Box Set (1982) Review

Xtro: Limited Edition Box Set (1982) Review

Father Sam Phillips (Philip Sayer) is playing with his family in the back garden of his idyllic English home when a bright light appears and seemingly abducts him. Three years later, the light returns and dumps a half human half alien creature. After slaughtering a couple who inadvertently stumble on it in a country road, the creature impregnates a woman who gives birth – in one of cinemas most outrageous scenes – to a fully formed Sam. He heads to London, seeking out his family and developing a strange bond with his son. And then things start to get really weird…

Producer Robert (Bob) Shaye’s film production company New Line was in desperate need of a box-office hit and whilst Xtro, which New Line released, may not have fired up much box-office action in the UK but did make decent money in the States. Xtro was therefore instrumental in saving New Line and paved the way for A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) which effectively made the company a bigger player. Xtro spawned a couple of sequels – Xtro II: The Second Encounter (1990) and Xtro 3: Watch the Skies (1995), both of which were helmed by the original’s writer and director Harry Bromley Davenport. He is currently working on a fourth instalment entitled Xtro: The Big One.

Since Xtro’s early Eighties theatrical release the film has become a minor cult classic. This was due, in no small part, to the video entertainment revolution I referred to above along with the notoriety it gained for being close to being prosecuted as one of the original video nasties, ensuring that the movie received more press attention that it otherwise would have warranted at the time.

For those amongst you too young to remember those days, up until the advert of video seeing films was restricted to a visit to your local cinema or catching the film years later when it received a TV screening. The new format of viewing was initially lacking in titles to meet the demand of punters keen to make use of the new entertainment format. This afforded genres such as horror a platform to make a few bucks whilst the bigger studios got their acts in gear to also capitalise on the revolution occurring.

Xtro was one of these titles and one that this reviewer took a chance on with his newspaper round earnings. I wasn’t left with a positive lasting impression. At the time I recall writing it off as a redundant Alien cash-in, sloppy and ill-formed. However revisiting the title for this review I found that Xtro, whilst still crude and rough-around-the-edges, somehow still works, emerging as a guilty pleasure from the early Eighties. It’s not the Alien rip-off I remembered it as being, instead Xtro is its very own beast, frequently absurd and nonsensical but never less than compulsive viewing.

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