The Hidden (1987) (Blu-ray Review)

The Hidden (1987) (Blu-ray Review)

The Hidden (1987) (Blu-ray Review)

📅06 November 2017, 01:56

The Hidden (1987) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jack Sholder
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian
Rated: R/Region: A/1:78/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available From Warner Bros.

An alien parasite with the ability to possess human bodies goes on a violent crime spree in LA, committing dozens of murders and robberies. In pursuit of the extraterrestrial criminal is an FBI agent, and the local officer investigating the rash of violence. As they close in on the vicious intruder, the city faces a brutal threat like no other it has ever encountered.

As one of the world’s biggest Twin Peaks fans I often find myself watching anything that has actor Kyle MacLachlan in it. This sometimes doesn’t do me too well (See Dune as an example) but sometimes it ends up taking me on a pretty cool little journey like this movie, The Hidden. Released in 1987 this tells the story of a body jumping alien who is doing nothing but stealing cars, listening to metal music, and killing. So it is up to one very strange detective played by Kyle MacLachlan and a reluctant partner played by Michael Nouri to stop this alien before it is too late. The movie is a whole lot of fun. It isn’t anything that will blow you away but it does enough different things to get the job done. We have a lot of car chases and crashes. We have a lot of kills. Heck, we even have a good laugh or two along the way. The movie does give off a rather odd tone, but it still works really well. Michael Nouri and Kyle MacLachlan do a great job, but we see a lot of other people we should know playing characters in this thing. Clu Gulager, Chris Mulkey, Ed O’Ross, Clarence Felder, Claudia Christian and Larry Cedar are all in this one as well.

This is the type of film that was perfectly made for midnight watching. It has that whole sci-fi thriller things going for it and it manages to hold it up very well from start to finish. You can tell it is an 80’s film and I always find that to be a positive and something that also adds more of a charm and good vibe to just about any movie. Some Warner Archive releases come a bit bare-boned when it comes to extras, but The Hidden comes with a couple of cool features that I shall list below. All in all, I’d say this, The Hidden is a lot more fun and a lot better than it probably had any right to be. It is silly, but it is a good kind of silly and a nice popcorn flick for those who dig cheesy sci-fi films with a bit of an edge to them. Let’s hope the sequel eventually makes its way to Blu-ray as well.


– Audio Commentary with Director Jack Sholder and Tim Hunter
– Special Effects Production Video Narrated by Jack Sholder
– Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 95%



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