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The Hidden

Released 1987
Distributor New Line Cinema

Jack Sholder’s sci-fi satire finds Michael Nouri and a suspiciously Agent Cooper-like Kyle MacLachlan on the trail of a slimy space worm who uses unsuspecting humans to navigate around town including, most amusingly, Claudia Christian as a stripper who suddenly exhibits an unearthly facility with heavy artillery. For a low budget film the effects are first rate. The movie was a modest hit on its release but, like so many worthy films, has gained new life on home video and streaming platforms.

 

About Mike Mendez

A native to Los Angeles, Mike Mendez was in the backyard making movies since the age of 10. At the age of 22, Mike made his first feature film Killers, which was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. He followed that up with the horror comedy The Convent, which was also accepted into the Sundance Film Festival in 2000. In 2002, he produced a documentary for Universal Television and Showtime entitled Masters of Horror, featuring interviews with some of the genre's most legendary filmmakers. In 2006, Mike's film The Gravedancers premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released in theaters nationally as part of the first After Dark Films as part of 8 Films To Die For. After working on short films for X-box and working on television show's such as Beavis & Butthead, Mike’s next film, Big Ass Spider! in 2013 premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. It also won the Saturn Award that year for best limited release film. The latest batch of work includes the horror anthology, Tales of Halloween of which he served as a producer and as one of the directors. Mike also helmed the 2015 television movie, Lavalantula for Syfy channel Mike just completed production on his latest feature Don’t Kill It starring Dolph Lundgren. It is set to premiere in 2017.