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The Hidden (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Horror  |  30 October 1987 (USA)
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An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in LA, pursued by a human cop and an alien cop inhabiting a human body.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brenda Lee Van Buren
Lt. John Masterson
William Boyett ...
Jonathan Miller
John McCann ...
Senator Holt
James Luisi ...
Ferrari Salesman
Michael Buckley


An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in LA, committing dozens of murders and robberies. In pursuit of the extraterrestrial criminal is an FBI agent, and the local officer investigating the rash of violence. As they close in on the vicious intruder, the city faces a brutal threat like no other it has ever encountered. Written by Anonymous

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It killed 37 people, robbed 6 banks, 2 liquor stores, a record shop and stole 2 ferraris. Now the fun starts. It just took over a police station. See more »


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Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo oculto  »

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Box Office


$9,747,988 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The movie has several notable cars used in its car chases. FBI Agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan) drives a beige Porche 928. Jack DeVries (Chris Mulkey) drives a black Ferrari 308 GTB. Jonathan Miller (William Boyett) steals a red Ferrari Mondial convertible. Brenda Lee Van Buren (Claudia Christian) steals a light green 1980s Cadillac Sedan Deville. See more »


Just before Beck and the other police officers are ready to shoot at the speeding Ferrari, the camera follows the Ferrari and we see the police from Jack DeVries point of view. At the top of the hill - before Beck starts shooting - you can see a gun going off before the actual shooting starts. See more »


Barbara Beck: Where did you grow up?
[Lloyd points upwards]
Barbara Beck: What is that? North?
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Written by Hunters & Collectors
Performed by Hunters & Collectors
Produced by Gavin MacKillop and Hunters & Collectors
Published by Human Frailty / I.R.S. Music, Inc.
Administered by Atlantic Music Corp. (BMI)
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Enormously entertaining b-grade sci fi thriller with an awesome body count!
8 May 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'The Hidden' is one of those movies you might easily pass by on first glance, assuming it's just your standard 1980s b-grade trash. The thing is it's FANTASTIC 1980s b-grade trash! This is one of the most entertaining sci fi thrillers you'll ever see, and lovers of cinematic violence will be thrilled by its body count, which is one of the highest you'll see outside a Hong Kong action movie. Michael Nouri ('Flashdance'... yeah, I know) is a cop tailing an average guy who has seemingly snapped and turned into a homicidal maniac. He is teamed with a kooky FBI agent ('Blue Velvet's Kyle MacLachlan) who knows a lot more than he lets on. Very quickly Kyle goes all 'Starman' on us, and Nouri soon realizes that he's actually on the trail of an extraterrestrial psycho who is taking over people's bodies so he can go on a rampage of murder, car theft, fatty foods and heavy metal music! So okay, this isn't the most cerebral movie in the world but I defy anybody not to have a ball watching it! The supporting cast includes Claudia Christian ('Babylon 5') as a foxy looking stripper, Clu Gulager ('The Killers') as Nouri's superior, and even a blink and you'll miss it cameo from future tough guy legend Danny Trejo ('From Dusk Til Dawn',etc.) as a convict. 'The Hidden' is a non-stop action ride, and the cheesiest 1980s fun this side of 'Maniac Cop'. Highly recommended.

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