Michael Nouri adds a handsome charm and Kyle MacLachlan brings the immaculately polished weirdness that had him cast in an identical FBI agent role in tvs Twin Peaks (1989-91), and the pairing of the two is a charming Odd Couple variation on the buddy cop cliche. The Hidden also introduced actress Claudia Christian to the world, who went onto become a minor genre queen, most notably as a regular on tvs Babylon 5 (1992-7). The only letdown is the maudlin ending.
The Hidden II (1994) was a disappointingly poor sequel.
The success of The Hidden resulted in a small spate of science-fiction films featuring cops tackling body-hopping aliens, including the likes of the tv mini-series Something is Out There (1988) and the films Peacemaker (1990), the Hong Kong-made The Cat (1992) and Monolith (1994). This was then followed by a spate of body-hopping demon films including The First Power (1990), Fallen (1998), The Minion/Fallen Knight (1998) and Guardian (2000).
Director Jack Sholder had previously premiered with the slasher film Alone in the Dark (1982) and then made the lame A Nightmare on Elm Street Part II: Freddys Revenge (1985). The Hidden would be the peak in Sholders career and he has subsequently gone onto undistinguished tv movies such as the nuclear war film By Dawns Early Light (1990), the timeloop film 12:01 (1993), the cloning film Natural Selection/Dark Reflection (1994), the unsold series pilot Generation X (1995) from the superhero comic-book and 12 Days of Terror (2004) about a killer shark and then the direct-to-video horror sequel Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999) and the monster movie Arachnid (2001). Sholder was also responsible for directing uncredited additional footage on the problem-ridden Supernova (2000).