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The Hidden (1987)

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67

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

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A cop discovers that there's something unusual about his new partner in this unusual sci-fi thriller. A seemingly well-mannered stock broker one day snaps, robbing a bank, stealing a Ferrari, and driving straight into a police barricade without any thought for his own safety, and he's mowed down by a hail of bullets. The detective assigned to the case, Tom Beck (Michael Nouri), thinks that he notices a strange look in the eye of the thief, but when FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan)

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Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Jim Kouf

May 21, 1997

Media Home Entertainment

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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (5) | DVD (15)

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

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A jokey sci-fi horror movie about the desperate pursuit of a vile ''thing'' from outer space.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Too predictable, and even though wickedly fun at times, it's only halfway as awesome as it might have been.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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A sleeper that talks like a thriller and walks like a thriller, but has more brains than the average thriller.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A fast and furious blast of sci-fi action that was obviously inspired by The Terminator.

March 5, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

One of those pleasant surprises that turned out far more intelligent and exciting than it looked, and it holds up well nearly 20 years later.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

What could have been a great sci-fi horror flick with awesome effects priorities talky buddy-cop thriller and alien comedy clichés

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Slasherpool

The Hidden is uninspired but still reasonably good fun for action movie and sci-fi fans.

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Fun yet predictable spin on the evil-alien-jumping-from-human-body-to-body-and-the-good-alien-out-to-kill-it genre.

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It has action, science fiction, horror, splatter, elaborate chase sequences, quirks, and even a spot-on (and to the point) critique of country music.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Full of great car chases . . . gleefully violent antisocial behavior, and enough bullet-fests to qualify for an honorable mention from the John Woo appreciation society

March 19, 2003 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Superior B-movie fare cleverly disguised as a Terminator rip-off.

January 22, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

An interesting s-f, crime thriller. Fast-paced, action-packed and most enjoyable.

December 17, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

This 1980s B-movie, sci-fi actioner kicks ass.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Quick-pace, rapid-fire sci-fi action mixture. Fun stuff!

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Manages to make the old alien-parasite routine look fresh

January 1, 2000 Full Review
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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.
November 14, 2013
DragonEyeMorrison
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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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.
October 24, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
January 10, 2012
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