A cop and an FBI agent race for answers after law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals.

Director:

Jack Sholder

Writer:

Jim Kouf (as Bob Hunt)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle MacLachlan ... Lloyd Gallagher
Michael Nouri ... Tom Beck
Claudia Christian ... Brenda Lee Van Buren
Clarence Felder ... Lt. John Masterson
Clu Gulager ... Lt. Ed Flynn
Ed O'Ross ... Cliff Willis
William Boyett ... Jonathan Miller
Richard Brooks ... Sanchez
Larry Cedar ... Brem
Katherine Cannon ... Barbara Beck
John McCann ... Senator Holt
Chris Mulkey ... Jack DeVries
Lin Shaye ... Carol Miller
James Luisi ... Ferrari Salesman
Frank Renzulli ... Michael Buckley
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

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When it was released on DVD in Australia was given the M rating. When it was released in Australian back in the 1980s and was released on CBS/FOX video, it was given the R18 rating. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the first car chase Sanchez and some of the other officers train their shotguns toward the speeding Ferrari of DeVries. The next shot shows these officers standing with their guns at their side, while in the shot after that, their guns are once again pointed towards the Ferrari. See more »

Quotes

Tom Beck: Oh, thank you. That is illuminating. That solves everything. Christ, Miller doesn't have a chance. Hey, why would he come in here and kill a guy for a lousy hundred bucks and a radio?
Lloyd Gallagher: Because he likes it. He sees something he wants, he steals it. If something gets in his way, he kills it. And right now, he's hiding out in your city.
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Going Down Fighting
Performed by Shok Paris
Written by Erb
Published by Auburn Music / I.R.S. Music, Inc.
Administered by Atlantic Music Corp. (BMI)
Produced by Denny Nowak and Bill Peters
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Yo, hippy, what kind of dude are you?
2 December 2019 | by Fella_shibbySee all my reviews

I first saw this in the early 90s on a vhs. Revisited it recently. This was Jack Sholder's third horror film after Alone in the Dark n A Nightmare on Elm Street 2. Expectations were high n this film was worth the time. The plot is about an alien parasite who possesses humans and keeps changing bodies. To stop the alien's killing spree, another alien in a human form along with a cop sets out to destroy the parasite before it takes the body of a presidential candidate. The film has lots of action n mayhem. It has guns, explosions, car chases, shootings n Danny Trejo and Lin Shaye in tiny roles. It is a fast paced, action horror film.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hidden See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,492,618, 1 November 1987

Gross USA:

$9,747,988

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,747,988
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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