The Hidden

1987

The Hidden

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72%

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Movie Info

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) informs Tom that he's also been assigned to the case, he thinks that he sees the same curious look in Lloyd's eyes as well. Lloyd also has an odd way of carrying himself, as if he's not entirely in control of his own body, and in time, Tom discovers what the two men have in common -- both are actually aliens from another planet. They are creatures from another world capable of entering a human (or animal) body at will and using it as a vessel as long as they need. When the stockbroker died, the rogue alien simply crept into another body to begin his crime spree all over again. Lloyd has been sent to Earth to bring the thief's reign of terror to a halt and has taken over the body of an FBI agent with that in mind. A major cult favorite, The Hidden also features Clu Gulager, Ed O'Ross, and Claudia Christian.

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Cast

Michael Nouri
as Tom Beck
Kyle MacLachlan
as Lloyd Gallagher
William Boyett
as Jonathan Miller
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
Robert Brown
as Agent Bach
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Critic Reviews for The Hidden

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Audience Reviews for The Hidden

  • Oct 22, 2015
    Underrated 80s sci-fi, and a lot of fun.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2013
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2011
    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.
    Tim S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2010
    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 S Super Reviewer

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