Director: Jack Sholder
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder, Clu Gulager
A new breed of criminal
Police detective Thomas Beck is working hard on bringing down criminals in the streets of Los Angeles. His frustrations grow bigger and bigger as it seems like a new maniac turns up right after he has brough down the previous one.
FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher shows up to team up with Beck. After a while he lets Beck in on what they really are trying to hunt down, which is in fact an alien creature that is able to hide within a human body and use it as a shell.
The Hidden is a great and fun mixture of 80’s science fiction action film. Now that description alone should be enough for you to decide if you want to see it or not, and I hope you do as this is a big favorite of mine. Yeah, the premise might be a bit silly, with the slimy alien slug creature taking over humans and just having fun riding around killing people and listening to rock music. But on the other hand, the filmmakers knew what they were making and obviously has a blast while making it.
The film starts out with action right away and there’s very few scenes that aren’t thrilling and interesting. The characters are interesting, Kyle MacLachlan is very likeable as Gallagher and I must admit that I usually don’t care much for him as an actor. Michael Nouri, who plays detective Beck, is a very cliché 80’s tough guy cop, and he also does his part very well. The two of them make up a pretty cool team together. and the actors play off each other nicely.
The team of screenwriter Jim Kouf and director Jack Sholder really hit the nail with this one. Sholder is of course known to genre fans for being the director behind Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, and also the underrated 1982 film Alone in the Dark. He himself has said that he rates this film as one of, if not the best film he has done. They both understood how to balance the movie out to avoid it from becoming cheesy or silly and I can’t see how the could have presented a story like this in a better way.
The Hidden is a (pun intended) hidden treasure from the 80’s. It’s not a film that I see people discussion, which is a shame since it is exciting and fun. There’s not that much else to say about the film than giving it two thumbs up and a recommendation. See it, buy it, cherish it.