Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Xtro - Review - @BrandonCSites

Xtro (1982) ** 
D: Mark Forstater 
C: Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Maryam d'Abo, Simon Nash Danny Brainin, Susie Silvey 

Plot Synopsis: A father returns three years later after an alien abduction with no memory of what has happened in order to collect his son, but he returns not quite human with some other worldly tendencies. 

REVIEW: Perpetually weird horror / sci-fi outing doesn't really make a whole lot of sense, but it does have many striking special effects & images scattered throughout. And hey, at 81 minutes, it's never truly boring. It's short, sweet and to the point. Well, maybe it isn't so sweet, more like gross. 

Xtro is one of those films that maintains viewer interest throughout not because it's a terribly interesting film, but because there is an inherent curiosity as to what whacked out situation that Xtro is going to pull out of its hat. The one real disappointment with Xtro is that for all these weird scenarios and bizarre going-ons, the design of the film's alien is rather generic. Still, that isn't the central problem with the film. The central problem with Xtro is this, it's more of a curio then actual entertainment. [R] 81 mins.

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