A string of cold-blooded murders puzzles diligent Los Angeles detective Tom Beck (Michael Nouri), who can’t figure out why regular people keep turning into merciless killers. When mysterious FBI agent Lloyd arrives (Kyle MacLachlan), Beck learns his problem is from another world. Soon, Beck is the human caught in the middle of an extraterrestrial showdown that’s playing out on the streets of Los Angeles. Jack Sholder directs this sci-fi cult classic.
Rating 8 out of 10
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 “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 storyline 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.