Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Hidden (1987, Jack Sholder)

You may remember the poster above for The Hidden.  I've seen it a million times but never knew anything about the film.  I distinctly remember seeing the VHS regularly at various rental shops throughout the 80s and 90s.  It wasn't until I recently read a write up in an old issue of Fangoria that I became interested in the film, based on its creature effects and Sci-Fi/Horror story.

The Hidden starts off when a man driving a Ferrari robs a bank and leads the cops on a high speed chase.  Police officer Tom Beck (Michael Nouri), the best the local force has to offer, is assigned the case.  The criminal is caught and ends up in the hospital.  We soon learn that there is a large, bug-like creature living inside the man and it can switch from body to body, which it does with another man in the hospital.  The newly infected man leaves and soon continues the killing spree.  FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher (Kyle MacLachlan), who is the only one who may know the secret behind the body swapping killer bug, comes to help Beck stop the bug beast before it can swap bodies again.

The Hidden is an original, action packed Sci-Fi Horror film that offers a lot of neat ideas and delivers the goods.  My only real complaint about the film is that it is really dated and has some silly secondary plot points (mainly why fuck does the killer like loud music?  Was it part of the deal they had with I.R.S. records to feature their artists' songs exclusively on the soundtrack that led to the idea?  And what about Ferraris?  Another sponsorship?)  But overall, the film was fun and well put together.  MacLachlan is great as the mysterious FBI agent and Michael Nouri who looks familiar but I have no idea who he is, plays the gruff Beck perfectly.  Applause should also go to Kevin Yagher, the man known for creating Chucky from Child's Play, for his grisly and ahead of their time makeup effects and creature designs (assisted by Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman, later of KNB Effects).  Despite the dated aspects of the film, this one is a winner.

RATING:  7/10

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