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The Hidden

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jack Sholder
Produced by Stephen Diener
Dennis Harris
Jeffrey Klein
Lee Muhl
Michael L. Meltzer
Gerald T. Olson
Robert Shaye
Written by Jim Kouf
Starring Kyle MacLachlan
Michael Nouri
Claudia Christian
William Boyett
Music by Michael Convertino
Cinematography Jacques Haitkin
Editing by Michael N. Knue
Maureen O’Connell
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) 1987
Running time 96 min
Country United States USA
Language English
Followed by The Hidden II
The Seed

The Hidden is a 1987 science fiction/horror film from New Line Cinema. The film was written by Jim Kouf and directed by Jack Sholder. The cast featured Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri and Claudia Christian.

This film received a MPAA rating of R, and was filmed in color with mono sound. The DVD version was remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. At the time it was released it was an independent film and had been produced for less than US$5 million. A sequel, The Hidden II, directed by Seth Pinsker was released in 1994.


Plot summary

A murderous creature from outer space arrives on Earth and begins to inhabit human bodies, using them as hosts so that it can move around. The creature likes to commit violent crimes, such as armed robbery and carjacking, and is willing to kill anyone that gets in its way, including children and law enforcement officers. It also seems to enjoy driving fast exotic cars at reckless speeds and listen to loud heavy metal music, which leads to a confrontation with the police after it commits a bank robbery, killing 5 guards at the bank, and mowing down 2 civilians whilst trying to escape. The police officer in charge of the investigation, Sgt. Thomas Beck (Nouri), is baffled when the suspect will not fall after being wounded several times in a shoot-out. In the process the creature uses up its human host body (Chris Mulkey), leaving a corpse, and eventually moves on to its next victim while its host dies in the hospital after the shoot-out with the police. This creature commits a series of murders in Los Angeles while jumping from body to body, leaving the police department perplexed. Arriving on the scene is FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher (MacLachlan), who is actually an alien policeman that was sent to Earth to recapture, or destroy the parasitic murderer.


Composed by Michael Convertino.


  • Jack Sholder won the Grand Prize at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival in 1988.
  • Jack Sholder won Best Director at Fantasporto in 1988. It was also nominated for Best Film at that festival.
  • Michael Nouri won Best Actor at the Catalonian International Film Festival in 1987. Jack Sholder took Prize of the International Critics’ Jury at the same festival.
  • At the 1988 Saturn Awards, Michael Nouri was nominated for Best Actor, Jack Sholder was nominated for Best Director, Jim Kouf was nominated for best writing, and The Hidden was nominated for best film.

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