The Hidden (1987)
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
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Critic Reviews for The Hidden
The Hidden is a well-constructed thriller, directed with swift assurance by Jack Sholder, brought down by an utterly conventional sci-fi ending.
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.
A jokey sci-fi horror movie about the desperate pursuit of a vile ''thing'' from outer space.
Too predictable, and even though wickedly fun at times, it's only halfway as awesome as it might have been.
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.
A sleeper that talks like a thriller and walks like a thriller, but has more brains than the average thriller.
A fast and furious blast of sci-fi action that was obviously inspired by The Terminator.
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.
What could have been a great sci-fi horror flick with awesome effects priorities talky buddy-cop thriller and alien comedy clichés
The Hidden is uninspired but still reasonably good fun for action movie and sci-fi fans.
Fun yet predictable spin on the evil-alien-jumping-from-human-body-to-body-and-the-good-alien-out-to-kill-it genre.
It has action, science fiction, horror, splatter, elaborate chase sequences, quirks, and even a spot-on (and to the point) critique of country music.
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
Superior B-movie fare cleverly disguised as a Terminator rip-off.
An interesting s-f, crime thriller. Fast-paced, action-packed and most enjoyable.
Quick-pace, rapid-fire sci-fi action mixture. Fun stuff!
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.More
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.More
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.More
The Hidden, a Jack Sholder-directed 80's sci-fi fest, is about as entertaining as one would hope it to be. The film can be quite disgusting at times with the marvelous special effects put to good use in it... not to mention the very fine cast on display. The ending is a bit too soft, but the journey there is well worth taking. Basically, a body-switching alien runs amock in Los Angeles, killing everyone in it's way, and the cops are hot on his trail. Unfortunately, the softer aspects of the story keep it from being a real masterpiece. It gets too mushy at times without really caring about what it's being mushy about. Regardless, if you enjoyed Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2's subtleties and performances, then there's a good chance you'll enjoy this one, as well.More
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