A family man is abducted by aliens when they see how high he can throw a stick. Then, a few years later he comes back to earth and attempts to return back to his family life, claiming to remember nothing of his disappearance, which causes initial problems as his Mrs has moved on. So he does what any self respecting, abnormal, evil alien, father for justice might do and starts infecting everyone around him, eating snake eggs, getting high on British Gas and trying to abduct his son...
Really good, low budget, Brit sci-fear from the early 80's. The inventive positives, far outweighing the negatives. The music could be seen as either, sounding like a Tomorrow's World's special on Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy and likewise, some of the performances are a bit stilted but that kind of helps the rather offensive goings on. Some highlights include the repulsive creature effects, the infamous 'rebirth' scene, Bond girl D'Abo being turned into a cocooned alien ovulater and of course all the cool psychic manifestations that occur, like ABC's, killer dwarf clowns and a 6ft Action Man that bayonets nosey neighbours!!!
Overall this is a nasty, cheap little Brit shocker with some truly slimy ideas, just the way we like em eh? And one which I happen to think is a bit of a gem. It was followed by two americanized sequels, neither of which were a patch on this. The director has delivered some interesting output over the years, shame he doesn't do more.
The print on review is the German double disc Marketing Film release, which is hardly crystal clear but is certainly an improvement on the old VHS. It appears to have more gore than the old pre-cert too but that could be just down to the darkness of the old print and the darkness of my memory.
4.5/5 Watch the skies folks!