“A brutal excursion in terror”
The reason for originally starting up The Cult Movie Review blog; was because of movies such as Harry Bromley Davenport's wonderful Xtro (1983). A low budget British horror film that many suggest came as a result of New Line Cinemas attempt at trying to capitalise upon the favouritism of a growth genre market, coming on the back of the success rate of high profile films such as Ridley Scott's, Sci-Fi, horror epic Alien (1979). The other extreme often referenced connection to cinema is the more family friendly orientated alien creation that is Steven Spielberg's, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, (1982). Other thinly veiled comparisons with genre cinema which many of the critics of the day chose to compare - these titles also sprung to mind: John Carpenter's, The Thing (1982) or closer inspection of Don Segal's, original 1956 version of Invasion of The Body Snatchers or even Phillip Kaufman's, 1978 remake, this latter version being TCMR's preferred version. Other comparisons may vary. Xtro was a film that entered the new video entertainment market, which had already gained a pace and most definitely offered this particular movie a larger second coming before its eventual fall from grace with the film censors of the time - but certainly not its newly formed fan base who became very bemused by the BBFC's, pressured turn about regarding the films original classification which they had willingly provided on its uncut theatrical release and again in its subsequent video release shortly after. Xtro was eventually placed on the 1984, "Section 3" covert second list of the Obscene Publications Act by the Director of Public Prosecutions. Though the film was strongly considered as a probable "Nasty" it was never outright banned, though it seemed that many video rental outlets by this stage worried about its notoriety, where in large part unwilling to risk the wrath of an over zealous and often ill equipped, ill advised police force that seemed intent on taking the new "Nasty" laws to an extreme due process of only their understanding and not that of those trying to make a living in the video rental business I am afraid!