The Hidden (1987)

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!

Rating: 8/10.

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  1. This is one of those flms I've always heard of but never seen. Gonna have to pick it up soon. I'm pretty sure my local store has a double feature DVD with this and the sequel on it. Thanks for the review.

  2. I was the same way until yesterday Lee, this is worth seeking out. It is like $1 on Amazon and well worth it!

  3. I just watched this again for like the tenth time and I love everything about it! It's good that the alien likes fast cars and heavy metal. I think that's my favorite part :)

    Hope you are well, Carl!

  4. What up chica! The opening scene is by far my favorite in the entire film, such an awesome opening that could have only been pulled off in the 80s.

    Doin great Jenn! Moved closer to LA, hot as shit up here but I got a better job and it is better for my family. Hope you are doing well as well, when you coming out to Cali to go to Six Flags??

  5. jervaise brooke hamsterJuly 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I want to bugger Jenn, what a gorgeous bird she is.