Xtro (1983) – creepy and surreal alien horror from the UK

Xtro (1983)

Xtro (1983)

This is one weeeeeird movie! Xtro starts off as your bog standard happy family movie with dad and kid playing in the garden… then things go a bit pear shaped. Bright lights appear and little Junior stands gawping as dad is sucked into a UFO. No, seriously.

Step forward several years and the kid swears blind that dad was abducted by ET, but his mother is convinced he ran off with some two-bit trollop and abandoned them. Meanwhile a whopping great ‘thing’ has crashed in to a woodland area, with fire everywhere, and a creepy alien appears. Next thing we know daddy is back on the scene picking up Jr from school and barging his way back in to the life of his kid and wife, much to the chagrin of her current boyfriend.

Much to my delight is the scene of the kids hot, fit, nanny going topless. Maryam d’Abo is absolutely smoking hot in this film!

YESSSSSSSSS!!!!

YESSSSSSSSS!!!!

Things take a turn for the worst (a turn for the better, regarding the movie) when it turns out dad is in fact an alien and has converted little Jr in to an alien also, which means that he can bring things to life, and make things happen, just by thinking about it. It’s at this point the film becomes nothing short of bonkers. Stark raving bonkers. After making a spinning top spin on its own, the kid decides to bring one of his toys to life, thus emerges a midget, dressed like a circus ringmaster/clown, wielding a flashy yo-yo thing!

Is this surreal and trippy enough for you?...

Is this surreal and trippy enough for you?...

After the midget fiasco, bringing the toy soldier to life was a bit more down to earth:

This is one of the more sane moments...

This is one of the more sane moments...

Alien dad and normal wife decide to revisit the cottage where he was abducted to see if he can regain his memory of the events that night while Jr (and his midget clown pal) bump off all and sundry in various nasty ways.

Aww... no more nudie Mayrem :(

Aww... no more nudie Maryam 🙁

I don’t want to give away the ending as it was quite a surprise to me, it had me thinking of several meanings, but suffice to say, it’s not a ‘happy-ever-after’ ending.

The main let-down of the film is the English accents, they make the actors seem completely wooden. Maybe it’s just because I’m used to American accents in movies, but there’s definitely something about the accents… Either way, it started off a bit boring, heated up (Maryam topless) then hit its peak with the surreal midget/solder scenes, finishing with an OK ending.

Rating: ★★★★☆ (that’s including a +1 for Maryam going topless)

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About Ronnie

Having survived the UK's 'video nasty' (prohibition) era I'm eager to catch up with all previously unseen sleaze and filth. I revel in mixtape oddness, boobage, gore, and proper latex special effects, don't get me started on CGI... - email Ronnie
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One Response to Xtro (1983) – creepy and surreal alien horror from the UK

  1. ErinLashley says:

    Strangely, I watched this movie over the weekend and was pleasantly surprised, as I don’t usually go for alien horror. Glad to see some more people are now going to rediscover it.

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