The Hidden (1987)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Alien Film, Chase Movie, Police Detective Film, Sci-Fi Action  |   Release Date - Oct 30, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Karl Williams

A cult hit that's an enormous amount of fun considering its low-budget B-picture roots, this hybrid of horror, action, crime drama, and science fiction is one of the better films from genre director Jack Sholder. Wisely, the events depicted are presented in decidedly tongue-in-cheek fashion from a cast and creative team having loads of fun with the freak-out concept. Kyle MacLachlan is a particular cast standout, portraying his alien-infested FBI agent as rigidly controlled and extremely efficient, even uptight, a canny choice that rings oddly true. The special effects are sometimes impressive and sometimes goofy, but in the latter circumstances all involved play up the schlock value to maximum effect with delightfully funny, entertainingly gross-out results. Briskly paced and with plenty of gallows humor to alleviate the shocks and scares, The Hidden (1987) is a fun little picture that makes a fine companion piece to the next year's equally underrated Alien Nation (1988).