The Hidden is a well-constructed thriller, directed with swift assurance by Jack Sholder, brought down by an utterly conventional sci-fi ending.

The Hidden is a well-constructed thriller, directed with swift assurance by Jack Sholder, brought down by an utterly conventional sci-fi ending.

Just as LA homicide detective Tom Beck (Michael Nouri) is prepared to close the books on a businessman who went on a crime spree, he’s approached by taciturn FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan) from Seattle, who’s searching for the same man, Jack DeVries (Chris Mulkey).

Gallagher is unsatisfied when Beck informs him DeVries is about to die in an LA hospital, and the plot begins to unfold when the dying man forcefeeds a reptilian alien down the throat of a fellow patient. A few minutes later the mild-mannered accountant bolts out of bed, escapes the hospital, murders a record store clerk and heads on another crime spree. This leads to a series of calamitous, well-shot chase scenes in which Beck and Gallagher are trying to catch up with the possessed human before the alien goes mouth to mouth into another life form.

Nouri finally shakes off his Flashdance shadow by turning in the best performance of his career.

The Hidden

Production

New Line/Heron. Dir Jack Sholder; Producer Robert Shaye, Gerald T. Olson, Michael Meltzer; Screenplay Bob Hunt; Camera Jacques Haitkin; Editor Michael Knue; Music Michael Convertino Art Dir C.J. Strawn, Mick Strawn

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Michael Nouri Kyle MacLachlan ed O'Ross Clu Gulager Claudia Christian Clarence Felder
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