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The Hidden (1987)

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Law abiding people suddenly become violent criminals. A cop and an FBI agent race for answers in this sci-fi thriller.

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Gross USA:

$9,747,988
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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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 »

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Jonathan Miller: [Knocking on the door to the Ferrari salesman's back office] I want the car.
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Jonathan Miller: [Opens the office door, pushes Eddie's dead body into the office, enters, holding a gun] I need the key.
Ferrari Salesman: [to Michael Buckley] Give him the key.
Michael Buckley: Hey, I just signed the papers!
Ferrari Salesman: Give him the fucking key!
[Michael Buckley gives Miller the car-key]
Jonathan Miller: Thank you. 'Bye.
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On Your Feet
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A "hidden" (minor) gem of horror goodness.
27 October 2010 | by oneguyramblingSee all my reviews

Not sure this is really a horror flick, more a "tweener". But in essence the basic plot is slightly skewed toward horror rather than sci-fi.

Speaking of plot, the opening scene is a violent bank robbery, followed by a high speed car chase that even includes the "car running through the pane of glass held by two guys", and a shootout which ends with the action movie staple, the car that explodes when shot (even though the cops were seemingly aiming at the perp). Despite the cliché it actually isn't a bad scene.

We are then introduced to the lawman Tom Beck who says that the bad guy went on a two week crime spree and is apparently about to die from the wounds from both gunshots and the explosion. He is then introduced to Lloyd Gallagher, an FBI man played by Kyle McLachlan who nonetheless "needs" to meet the criminal straight away.

As you probably haven't heard about the film I'll try to minimise the description, but it is obvious early on that the criminal is being "hosted" by an alien being, who is able to transfer from one human to the next, as long as the new body is basically dead (not a positive sign if his host body is desperate to move!) Actually the coolest part of the film is the transfer process, though it is not pretty.

The host seems to be the ultimate consumer, while he is in possession of the body he lives by the mantra "drive it like you stole it", he eats what he wants, steals what he needs and for most of the flick conveniently carries his own dodgy 80′s soundtrack with him, the only recognisable song being from Aussie outfit Hunters and Collectors.

Even though after about 30 minutes you have a fair handle on how this will end this Alien/Terminator rip-off adds enough to entertain, with a fair bit of action peppered with a little sci-fi and a teaspoon of horror.

Equally entertaining is the "pick that 80′s bit part guy", I saw actors from King Pin, Red Heat and The Last Boy Scout and I'm sure there are many others.

Final Rating – 7 / 10. Not a bad 80′s B movie. You could do worse.

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