He may have had something of a renaissance thanks to the Twin Peaks relaunch in 2017, but back in the late 80s and 90s Kyle MacLachlan was one of the coolest actors on the planet.

With appearances in the likes of Dune, Blue Velvet and of course, the original cult series Twin Peaks, the likeable star was in his prime.

One of the more enjoyable projects that he was involved in during this time was The Hidden, a sci-fi-action mash-up that takes in elements of The Thing, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and any number of buddy cop movies from the era.

A series of bizarre crime and murder rampages are shockingLos Angeles, with seemingly upstanding citizens going loopy and causing mayhem.

Detective Tom Beck (Michael Nouri) is bemused, but determined to get to the bottom of matters.

Arriving to cloud the situation is FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher (MacLachlan), who claims to have the inside track on both why this is happening and who exactly is responsible.

Wouldn’t you know, aliens are involved – basically a lobster-like parasite who transfers from body to body, with the ultimate aim of inhabiting the person of politician and presidential wannabe Senator Holt.

Unsurprisingly Beck is unimpressed with this theory, and it is left to Gallagher (who may not be all he says himself) to prove his case and put a stop to this intergalactic menace.

The film is positively dripping with an 80s vibe and it is hard to imagine this having been made at any other time.

With plenty of over-the-top action, a terrific pace and lashings of cheese (most notably from the soundtrack) this really is a great watch.

There is also an air of coolness about the whole thing, helped considerably by MacLachlan, who is perfectly cast in his role.

Director Jack Sholder had previously helmed Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and went on to direct the likes of Wishmaster 2, so I think we can say he never again reached these entertaining heights.

And there is also the feature film debut of future Babylon 5 star Claudia Christian to enjoy – playing a gun-toting stripper no less.

The Hidden is unlikely to tax the brain or have cinema sages stroking their chin in admiration, but it is 90 minutes or so of serious fun.

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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle