When a deadly parasite comes crashing to Earth, it begins hoping from one human host to the next on a destructive rampage through Los Angeles. Detective Tom Beck must team with an otherworldly assassin that is posing as an FBI agent in order to stop the alien menace. Just like the villainous bug in the picture, THE HIDDEN is constantly shifting personalities between a high-octane actioner and a suspenseful SciFi thriller, and it works! Like THE TERMINATOR, THE THING, and MANIAC COP, the film blends equal elements of both genres beautifully thanks to Jack Sholder's key direction and a number of explosive shootouts. Although many of the characters and themes often fall into 80's cliches, they are sharply written to give them a three-dimensionality that doesn't exist in other films. Our hero cop doesn't just have a picture of his family on his desk; we visit his wife and child at home, and we don't want to see him get hurt. Michael Nouri plays the part perfectly, with a streetwise attitude, power, and authority that allow him to excel on screen. Kyle MacLauchlan's suspicious character is given away through much of the clever dialog exchanges that he shares with Nouri, but the fun and mystery in determining his role in all of this is what drives the interest in between the action sequences. MacLauchlan is no stranger to aliens, having debuted in David Lynch's SciFi epic DUNE, and here, the rigid movements and subtle character quirks that he brings to the performance help the audience to suspend disbelief. On top of everything else, the film features a number of slimy special effects by genre vets Kevin Yagher, Robert Kurtzman, and Howard Berger. THE HIDDEN is a huge treat for anyone that may have missed it in the 80's!
If you liked THE HIDDEN, check out:
THE THING, THE TERMINATOR, MANIAC COP, DEAD HEAT, MEN IN BLACK, GOD TOLD ME TO, THE BEING, ALIEN.