The Hidden (1987)



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Movie Info

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 … 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


as Tom Beck

as Lloyd Gallagher

as Willis

as DeVries

as Flynn

as John Masterson

as Jonathan Miller

as Barbara Beck

as Senator Holt

as Carol Miller

as Ferrari Salesman

as Michael Buckley

as Drunk

as Dr. Glass

as Dr. Rogers

as Coroner

as TV Reporter

as Woodfield

as Waitress

as Plainclothesman

as Sketch Artist

as Bartender

as Agent Stadt

as Agent Fowler

as Cop with Aspirin

as Reporter

as Roadblock Cop

as Patrolman

as Cop in Hotel

as Fielding

as Prisoner

as Jail Escort

as Agent Sardi

as Paramedic

as Agent Graves

as Drunk's Friend

as Plainclothesman

as Agent Bach

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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