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The Hidden (1987)



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In this darkly humorous, taut sci-fi thriller an LAPD officer is assigned to work with a very strange FBI agent in order to solve a puzzling series of increasingly violent crimes. The detective has seen the crook face to face and was struck by the strange light in the killer's eyes. As soon as he reluctantly meets his new partner, he notices that his eyes are similarly lit. He also notices, that the agent moves and acts strangely, as if he weren't entirely comfortable with his own body and the appropriateness of his actions. Eventually the agent tells the cop that he is a space alien who has come to capture the crook, also an alien. Making their already dangerous job tougher is the fact that the evil alien can control living bodies by crawling inside them and taking over. The film features a few well-wrought car chases, graphic violence, and a few major shoot-outs.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jim Kouf, Bob Hunt, M. James Kouf Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 21, 1997
Media Home Entertainment


Michael Nouri
as Tom Beck
Kyle MacLachlan
as Lloyd Gallagher
Ed O'Ross
as Willis
Chris Mulkey
as DeVries
Clarence Felder
as John Masterson
Bill Boyett
as Jonathan Miller
Katherine Cannon
as Barbara Beck
John McCann
as Senator Holt
Lin Shaye
as Carol Miller
James Luisi
as Ferrari Salesman
Frank Renzulli
as Michael Buckley
Rick Lieberman
as Dr. Glass
Joe Whipp
as Dr. Rogers
Joe Perce
as Coroner
Mary Petrie
as TV Reporter
Joey Aresco
as Woodfield
Judy Kerr
as Waitress
Richard B. Whitaker
as Plainclothesman
Michael Yama
as Sketch Artist
Jack McGee
as Bartender
Steve Eastin
as Agent Stadt
Ted White
as Agent Fowler
Loren Haynes
as Cop with Aspirin
Deke Anderson
as Roadblock Cop
Wren T. Brown
as Patrolman
Alan Marcus
as Cop in Hotel
Mark Phelan
as Fielding
Danny Trejo
as Prisoner
Lew Hopson
as Jail Escort
Doug Collins
as Agent Sardi
Rick Diamond
as Paramedic
Charlie Skeen
as Agent Graves
Jeff Levine
as Drunk's Friend
Richard Whitaker
as Plainclothesman
Robert Brown
as Agent Bach
William Boyett
as Jonathan Miller
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Critic Reviews for The Hidden

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

The Hidden is a well-constructed thriller, directed with swift assurance by Jack Sholder, brought down by an utterly conventional sci-fi ending.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Powered by a driving rock score, this is by turns sleek, reckless, and smoothly effective, like a Ferrari with a psycho killer at the wheel.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A jokey sci-fi horror movie about the desperate pursuit of a vile ''thing'' from outer space.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Its virtues are ones that you almost never encounter in movies of this sort; it's really a unique little item -- if there's such a thing as punk soulfulness, then this movie has it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Too predictable, and even though wickedly fun at times, it's only halfway as awesome as it might have been.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A sleeper that talks like a thriller and walks like a thriller, but has more brains than the average thriller.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Hidden


Well made sci-fi/action combo, showing you don't need a lot of money, or convulted stories, to make a fine sci-fi flick.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


Jack Sholder's Sci Fi horror yarn is a highly entertaining film that is a highly engaging experience from start to finish. Although some elements here are a bit predictable, nonetheless The Hidden is an accomplished horror film that will certainly appeal to genre fans. Sholder crafts something truly amusing here, and it has a familiar touch of Cameron's Terminator. Successfully mixing action with Sci Fi, The Hidden is a well executed horror film. The concept here is interesting and Sholder keeps the ball rolling with a tight script that is a bit flawed here and there, but there are enough effective elements to really keep you involved from start to finish. Despite its clichéd ideas, the film is a lot of fun, and worth checking out. If you enjoy the genre, give it a shot. The cast do a good here, and there's enough action and horror here to make this a film that is much better than what it may seem. The Hidden is an inventive film that delivers constant thrills. Like I said before even with a familiar formula, the film is a worth viewing experience and is a must watch for genre fans. This is one of those films that needs to be rediscovered due to the fact that it is among Jack Solder's finest works in the horror genre. The plot is very good as well, and is never boring despite its imperfections. In terms of Sci Fi horror, The Hidden is a noteworthy addition, and it uses its clichés to its advantage to create a rousing hour and a half of memorable, cheesy entertainment.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A police detective puzzled by a rash of crimes in which seemingly ordinary, law abiding citizens suddenly become Ferrari stealing, bank robbing psychopaths comes to realize that the real perpetrator is not of this world. The Hidden could probably best be described as The Terminator meets David Cronenberg. The interesting concept is that an alien criminal comes to Earth and physically possesses its victims (with the help of some gruesome special effects that have stood the test of time surprisingly well), moving from body to body when the host becomes too damaged. This provides the perfect set up for some outrageous action sequences featuring machine gun toting strippers, police station shoot outs and high speed car chases punctuated with just the right amount of dry, tongue in cheek humour. Not only that, but the script is far more inventive than that of the average space monster B-movie and features a cast of faces that will be familiar to fans of cult TV series Twin Peaks as well as a blink-and-you'll-miss-it bit part for Danny Trejo. The resulting cocktail is a fast paced, funny and hugely entertaining sci-fi shoot 'em up that's something of a forgotten gem.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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