Xtro 3 : Watch the Skies

Tag Line : From beyond the Earth...Xtro awaits

Xtro 3 : Watch the SkiesAnother sequel with nothing in common with it's predecessors, this time taking place an a remote island, a group of US marines, lead by Major Kirns (Sal Landi), are sent to a former gunnery range off the California coastline to look for and remove any unexploded bombs that still may be lying around.

The group are told very little about why the navy want them to clear the island, other than they are looking at possibly building a refuelling depot there. But they are somewhat puzzled as to why this requires the presence of a Naval intelligence officer named Fettermen (Andrew Divoff).

When they stumble across a pit filled with human remains they realise something is definitely not right, particularly when Fettermen suddenly disappears with the boat leaving them marooned. As they search the rest of the island they discover what appears to be the remains of an alien spacecraft entombed in concrete and what appears a former military camp. But before they can figure out a way off the island they find themselves being picked off by a strange alien creature that has emerged from the crashed ship.

Also starring character actor Robert Culp and directed again by Harry Bromley Davenport, the film blatantly rips off scenes from "Predator", that alien autopsy video that was shown on TV during the 90's, and even "ET : The Extra Terrestrial" believe it or not. Be that as it may though this is still arguably the best of the three Xtro films that have been made to date. Not award winning sci-fi by any stretch of the imagination, but is relatively entertaining.

Overall marks : 4/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag line "From beyond imagination... from beyond the earth itself... XTRO waits"

  • Robert Culp, who plays General Guardino, is well known TV character actor in the US. Though he's not been associated with any major films, he has appeared in numerous B-movies and has played numerous roles in various US TV shows, such as "Columbo", "Matlock" and "Perry Mason". His biggest role was the lead character Kelly Robertson in the 60's TV show "I Spy".

  • Director Harry Bromley Davenport has said that this is his favourite of all 3 "Xtro" films.

  • The role of Private Hendricks was played by the scriptwriter Daryl Haney. He also co-wrote "Friday the 13th part 7 - The New Blood".

  • Jim Hanks, who plays Private Freidman, is the Brother of Tom Hanks.

  • The movie was filmed in just 36 days.

  • Andrew Divoff, who plays Fetterman, went onto play the evil Djinn in the film "Wishmaster".

  • The "Alien Autopsy" footage Kirns and his men discover on the projector in the underground bunker was based on the so-called "real life" alien autopsy footage that came to light during the mid 90's (which later was proved to be a hoax).

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