Still Watching the Skies: Episode 49 “Dreamscape & The Hidden”
This episode, Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by Jim Laczkowski of the Now Playing Network and Voices & Visions to discuss two 1980s science fiction franchise starters that didn’t quite make the cut at the box office but still have strong cult audiences with DREAMSCAPE and THE HIDDEN.
First up is 1984’s DREAMSCAPE starring Dennis Quaid, Max Von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelley, and Eddie Albert. DREAMSCAPE, released almost three months before A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, finds psychic Alex Gardner coerced into a government experiment where psychics enter the dreams of subjects. Soon Alex is battling nightmare snakemen, romancing Kate Capshaw, and uncovering a government conspiracy to assassinate the President of the United States.
The psychic recruited by the government idea is clearly inspired by real world events like MK Ultra and the Stargate Project and has inspired films such as THE FURY, FIRESTARTER, and SCANNERS. We talk about how DREAMSCAPE fits into that subgenre, as well as how well it works or doesn’t work.
Next up is 1987’s THE HIDDEN starring Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, and Clu Gulager. THE HIDDEN is something of an 1980s cop buddy action film featuring MacLachlan as an eccentric FBI agent teaming up with L.A. police detective Michael Nouri to try to uncover why seemingly normal people are suddenly turning into violent criminals with a taste for fast cars.
THE HIDDEN is a fast paced, action packed ride. Not the deepest film you’ll ever watch, but chock full of genre goodness.
We have a lot to say about THE HIDDEN. And, especially we love Kyle MacLachlan. And fast cars. And flamethrowers.
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DREAMSCAPE: 0:00 to 40:20
THE HIDDEN: 40:20 to 1:15:53
Next Film and Outro: 1:15:53 to End