The Hidden title

Tag Line : A new breed of criminal.

The Hidden This is one of those precious little gems that you have probably heard of, but not bothered to watch. Only to wish you had discovered the film years ago, when you finally do get around to seeing it.

An apparently ordinary citizen walks into a bank, then suddenly guns down the security guards and makes off with the banks takings in a stolen Ferrari, whilst listening to loud rock music. A high speed police chase ensues, with the chap running people off the road and deliberately mowing down innocent bystanders, before he is finally brought to a halt by getting pumped full of shotgun shells whilst trying to ram a police road block.

Despite his high speed high jinks, and the fact he was repeatedly shot, he still lives and staggers free from the wreck, but later dies at the local hospital. You can therefore imagine the surprise of the investigating police detective, Tom Beck (Michael Nouri), when the extremely ill old man who was occupying the next bed just suddenly gets up and walks out of the hospital and proceeds to rob banks and steal cars in the same manner.

An FBI officer named to Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan), then jumps on the case claiming that this character is a known suspect to him and that he has been tracking him for years. He enlists the help of detective Beck to try and track him down, but it isn't too long before he realises that there is more to this case, and the enigmatic agent Gallagher, than meets the eye.

This becomes apparent when the man they've been looking for turns up dead inside a strip club, and one of the strippers (Claudia Christian) then embarks on a murderous rampage, and despite being shot over 40 times, it doesn't even slow her down. It turns out our criminal is actually an alien being that inhabits other bodies. Gallagher seems to know a lot more than he's letting on, much to the annoyance of Beck who can't work out why all these seemingly ordinary people suddenly start embarking on mass crime spree's.

The film has been described as a cross between "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and "The Terminator" which I would say is a fairly accurate appraisal of the movie. I really loved it and wished I'd seen it years ago. The car chase scene during the the intro is excellent, as the guy goes running down old men in wheelchairs, before aiming for these two guys carrying a sheet of glass accross the road, in a rather violent parody of a Laurel and Hardy sketch. It certainly had me in fits of laughter.

Best line : "He killed 12 people, wounded 23 more. Stole 6 cars, most of them Ferrari's. Robbed 8 banks, 6 supermarkets, 4 jewelery stores and a candy shop. 6 of the ones he killed he carved up with a butcher knife, two of them were kids. He did all that in two weeks, if anybody deserves to die this way, it sure in the hell was him!"

Overall Marks : 7/10

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines: "Nobody is safe", "If it see's something it wants it steals it. If something gets in its way it kills it. If it finds a body it gets inside it". "Nothing on Earth will prepare you for it, and nothing on Earth is going to save you from it".

  • The film was produced by Robert Shay, who was also responsible for producing the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series of films.

  • Kyle MacClaghlan is probably better known for his role as another FBI officer. That of agent Cooper in the TV show "Twin Peaks".

  • Claudia Christian, who had a role as a stripper, also played Detective Riley in "Maniac Cop 2" and Commander Ivanova on the US TV sci-fi series "Babylon 5".

  • Director, Jack Shoulder, also directed "Nightmare on Elm Street 2 : Freddy's Revenge".

  • Clu Gallagher, who plays Lt Flynn also starred in "Return of the Living Dead" and "Nightmare on Elm Street 2 : Freddy's Revenge". He also starred in the "Feast" series of films.

  • The film managed to spawn a sequel entitled "The Hidden 2", but this had very little to do with the first film and was really nothing more than a cash-in on the original.

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