Vic’s Review – “The Hidden” (1987)


What’s it About?

An alien is on the run in America. To get his kicks, it kills anything that gets in its way, and uses the body as a new hiding place. This alien has a goal in life; power.

“The Hidden”

Directed by Jack Sholder

8 out of 10

By Vic

Jack Sholder directs this 1987 sci fi-action film that is my retro pick of the week. It is a film that oozes 80’s buddy cop charm but with a neat “The Terminator meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers” twist. The Hidden stars Micheal Nouri and Kyle MacLachlan as two law enforcement agents paired up to investigate why regular people are turning into wicked killers that rob, flirt, attack, drive very fast and love to shoot civilians.

MacLachlan’s character is not all that he seems and he seems to know many things regarding the perps.  Nouri of course is in the dark for most of the film as he is lead around the city trying to figure all this out.

“The Hidden,” besides it’s charm, sports great make-up/alien FX and some great shootouts and car chases that solidify it as a fast action film. Also, just about every conceivable character actor from every 80’s action film is in this.

The film also has plenty of great humor and plays out with many nods to early classic sci fi films of the 50’s and 60’s. And the X-Files type story line doesn’t feel dated either. “The Hidden” easily rates a retro classic with it’s amusing amalgam of sci fi heart and action. Mouri and MacLachlan are the meat of the film as we watch them take on some nasty alien slugs that cause mayhem and destruction throughout. A fun, under-rated movie, “The Hidden” is a must watch.  Enjoy.

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  1. Good review here Vic, this movie is one of my favorite under rated gems. I see it as sort of a how to guide to directing action films on a low budget.
    Jack Sholder showed some promise with his work in the 80’s, but unfortunately petered out with made for television crap.

  2. Thanks. Sholder did show some promise, True. I believe he even did a Freddy Krueger movie. Thanks for reading, buddy.

    • I try to re-visit it at least once a year. I always have a blast watching it. So 80’s, isn’t it?

      Also, I hadn’t noticed how short my review was, lol. Thanks for checking out the post, Bill! 🙂

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