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Hidden, The
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by Brian McKay

"Obscure and underappreciated 80's sci-fi action"
5 stars

Wow, I'm the first one here to write a review for this? Hooray for me! It's about time this classic had its day. Not only is it a cool movie, but it has Kyle Maclachlan as an F.B.I. agent, and Michael Nouri as his reluctant partner, who kinda reminds of Michael Ontkean, who played the sherriff from Twin Peaks - so it almost feels like a "Twin Peaks" reunion. Sort of. But I digress.

Kyle McLachlan is F.B.I. Agent Lloyd Gallagher, who is not what he appears to be. Michael Nouri is Detective Tom Beck, the bewildered L.A.P.D. cop who wonders how he could pump fifteen rounds into some zoned-out stripper and still not be able to take her down. Together, the two cops doggedly pursue "The Hidden", while going through many clips of ammo and having many humorous exchanges along the way.

There's an inexplicable crime spree going on in the City of Angels. Normal, everyday people who were once upright citizens are going on random and vicious crime sprees. When the cops gun one perpetrator down, the behavior quickly resumes in another. The main thing the perps all have in common is a penchant for mass murder, heavy metal music, armed robbery, and high-speed chases in stolen Ferraris. They also happen to be damn near immune to bullets. It takes a LOT of them to put one down.

Beck is clueless as to how or why this is happening, until Agent Gallagher shows up. Turns out that "The Hidden" is a nasty alien parasite that loves the sensations it gets from being inside a human host. It takes over a body, indulges every whim and impulse, no matter how violent, and then ditches the body when it is too badly damaged and jumps to a new host. The only way to kill it is with a special weapon when it is vulnerable between hosts.

Drive-In Triple Feature Picks for The Hidden:

John Carpenter's: The Thing - fantastic monster parasite paranoia movie, made that much better by Kurt Russell as a bearded hippie smart-ass chopper pilot.

The Hitcher - Rutger Hauer doesn't have an alien parasite inside of him, but he goes on a Nevada desert crime spree that is certainly worthy of one. What he does to that girl at the truck stop is just plain fucked up!

Acceptable substitute: Invasion of the Body Snatchers(1978)

Ripped off in the upcoming Stephen King book-to-movie Dreamcatcher

And for the love of God, stay away from The Hidden 2 like it was a dose of the Andromeda strain.

Chock full of great car chases, witty buddy-cop repartee', gleefully violent antisocial behavior, and enough bullet-fests to qualify for an honorable mention from the John Woo appreciation society, "The Hidden" is a wild ride.

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User Comments

10/30/16 morris campbell good overlooked sci-fi action flick 4 stars
7/29/12 cr a cool slick scfi flick with nichael nouri burning up the screen! 4 stars
6/28/10 Jeff Wilder Underrated sci-fi. Mclachlan is excellent. 4 stars
9/05/06 --- Nouri excellent in cop role, excellent plot..a sci-fi classic that gets better with time 5 stars
2/22/06 Josh Standlee Just sit back and enjoy the ride!! 5 stars
10/10/05 J C Charron Outstanding, gets even better with age! 5 stars
3/22/05 Jeff Anderson A smart, energetic & flat out entertaining BLAST! MacLachlan & Nouri give their 100% BEST!! 5 stars
2/27/05 mike good 4 stars
9/12/02 Punk_Ass Damn fine entertainment.. Nothing mind blowing but a lot of fun to watch. 4 stars
9/01/02 Charles Tatum A lot of fun 5 stars
1/24/02 Harper Sloane A sound video hire, not worth a sequel though 3 stars
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  02-Oct-1987 (R)
  DVD: 30-Aug-2005



Directed by
  Jack Sholder

Written by
  Jim Kouf

  Kyle MacLachlan
  Michael Nouri
  Clu Gulager
  Claudia Christian
  Ed O'Ross
  William Boyett

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