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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A new breed of criminal. See more »


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Release Date:

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 »


When the stripper Brenda leaves the strip club she is wearing only a red dress . a minute later she is wearing a leopard skin overcoat which she wore during her on stage act but didn't take with her. See more »


Lt. John Masterson: Alhague!
Lloyd Gallagher: Yes?
Lt. John Masterson: Before I kill you, I'm curious: how did you find me?
Lloyd Gallagher: You left an angry partner for dead on Altair.
Lt. John Masterson: A mistake.
Lloyd Gallagher: That's what it said.
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Followed by The Hidden II (1993) See more »


Written by Mark Tanner, Jeff Klevan and The Truth
Performed by The Truth
Produced by Roy Thomas Baker
Published by New Line Music / Almo Music
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I Agree: Entertaining As Anything!
16 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wrote the following three paragraphs and then scanned some of the reviews....only to find everyone else saying pretty much the same thing as I had written, namely that this movie is a hidden gem and enormously entertaining. Well, add my name to the list of admirers.

Here's a low-grade sci-fi/crime story that is amazingly entertaining. It's a fast- paced account of normal people taking turns being inhabited by an alien being and suddenly turning into out-of-control killing machines. It guess it kind of sounds dumb, but seeing it is better than describing it. The characters in here are wild.

Kyle MacLachlan plays his normal mid-80s strange character, a la Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, etc. Here, he is the FBI agent....or is he?

On the first viewing I found Michael Nouri's role as too abrasive, taking away from some of the fun of viewing this, but, in future viewings he was more tolerable. What also helps this film is a little bit of humor thrown in here and there. It will probably wind up as a cult classic.

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