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THE HIDDEN (1987) ****

This fast paced, fun and intelligent sci-fi/action/thriller is one of the most overlooked films of the 80’s. It’s a brutally efficient merging of Alien, The Terminator and The Thing. An alien organism hops from human host to human host and causes mayhem and murder wherever it goes. It loves fast cars, big guns and heavy metal music. If the body the alien is hiding in gets shot up a couple dozen time (which happens a lot), the slimy puke monster just crawls out of its host’s mouth and into another unsuspecting human’s mouth and keeps right on going. Michael Nouri stars as the unbelieving cop and Kyle MacLachlan plays his good guy alien partner. The alien also hops in and out of Chris Mulkey, Marshall Bell, Claudia Christian, a dog, and Ed O’Ross. When the monster hops into the body of (Gasp!) a Presidential candidate, MacLachlan promptly flamethrowers the shit out of it. The almost non-stop gun battles and car chases, not to mention the two leads are excellent. Co-star Clu Gulager also starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, which was also done by Hidden director Jack Sholder. Mulkey and MacLachlan were later in Twin Peaks together.
Tags: action, h, sci-fi
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