As previously announced, we’re teaming up with the Alamo Drafthouse (NYC Area) to present four 35mm films over as many months. The first of our series is The Hidden, where Kyle MachLachlan plays an FBI agent partnered up with “that guy from Flashdance” Michael Nouri, on the hunt for a body-snatching humanoid alien with a taste for fast cars and fast food on the streets of LA. Mixing equal parts buddy-cop dynamic, paranoia induced sci-fi and Regan-era hyper-violence, The Hidden is surprisingly smart genre cinema that doesn’t skimp on the things we love most: high body counts and loud music.
Out of the four films we’re presenting, I hold The Hidden closest to my heart. At the tender age of ten my Dad brought me to our local theater for a weekday matinee screening, we had the entire theater to ourselves. As the lights went down I was not prepared for what I was about to see. I experienced every bullet, car chase, and alien slug with eyes wide. The Hidden is one of many bricks that helped build who I am today. Matinee screenings with my Father were a common happening in late 80s and early 90s. It was a time I now reflect on with great appreciation. Each sci-fi, horror, action, or genre hybrid I was taken to shaped me and is partly responsible for what Paracinema is today. To be a part of this screening means more to me than an opportunity to show a great film on 35mm, or to work with the greatest theater chain in the country, or the chance to grow the reach of our magazine and website. At the risk of sounding like a pretentious narcissist, it’s an exhibition of how I became who I am. I’d like to thank everyone who had a hand in making this happen!
Join Justin at the NYC area Alamo Drafthouse Monday, November 17th at 8PM as he hosts a night filled with aliens, guns, cars, body snatching, and Kyle MacLachlan. It’s all on 35mm and only $5! Get your tickets now!