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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30 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo oculto  »

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$9,747,988 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Of all his films, director Jack Sholder says this is his favorite. See more »


Masterson's M72 LAW rocket would not have exploded so soon after leaving the launch tube. By design, the LAW rocket must travel 10 meters before arming itself. If it strikes a target closer than 10 meters, it will not detonate. See more »


Lt. John Masterson: Alhague, how do you like being human?
Unknown prisoner: [distant] Say, what?
[At this revelation, Tom Beck looks at Lloyd. Lloyd looks back]
Lloyd Gallagher: It's all right.
Lt. John Masterson: Better than being Altairian. Altairians are a filthy people. We could take over this place if we wanted. They have nothing here to stop us.
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More Alien Bang Bang for the Buck
5 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This starts out with a bang, literally, and doesn't let up for the entire film. The picture zips along, whether with speedy car chases or interesting suspense, keeping the audience on their toes. We can credit director Sholder for keeping things exciting but I also suspect this was one those scripts that wasn't tampered with much (which is as it should be for most scripts, but isn't in Hollywood). For sheer level of entertainment as a sci-fi thriller, this approaches Terminator (84) - the one to beat. Some of the premise is similar, featuring an unstoppable menace. You're always guaranteed an adrenaline rush with scenes of cops firing their weapons repeatedly at someone who just won't fall down; they may slow him or it down, perhaps stagger it, but in the end they need something more than just bullets.

This pic represents a fortunate confluence of personnel and events. The two lead actors, MacLachlin & Nouri, had just reached their respective peaks in their careers and both were at the top of their game (both careers went into downswing afterward but it can't be blamed on this film). In fact, I'd venture that this film contains both their best roles. Nouri is the strong-willed earth-man cop and MacLachlan takes full advantage of his unusual persona to play an alien visitor (sort of like Jeff Bridges in "Starman"/1984, but Bridges had to try harder). The supporting cast are all great too, with many having to play two versions of themselves. Who can forget Christian as an exotic dancer suddenly gone gun-crazy? There's a lot of inherent humor in such scenes. The best and most memorable must be the one with Boyett acquiring a Ferrari in his own alien style. Just unforgettable.

Unfortunately, there was a forgettable and quite awful sequel several years later. But this remains one of the most unique, vivid alien visitor/invader films of the eighties and nineties.

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