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The Guardian (1990)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  27 April 1990 (USA)
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Phil and Kate have a baby boy named Jake. They hire a baby-sitter, Camilla, to look after Jake and she becomes part of the family. The Sheridan's friend and neighbor, Ned, takes a liking to... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Sheridan (as Natalia Nogulich)
Pamela Brull ...
Allan Sheridan
Jack David Walker ...
Willy Parsons ...
Arlene Russell
Ray Reinhardt ...
Dr. Klein
Jacob Gelman ...


Phil and Kate have a baby boy named Jake. They hire a baby-sitter, Camilla, to look after Jake and she becomes part of the family. The Sheridan's friend and neighbor, Ned, takes a liking to Camilla and asks her out. She refuses, but Ned follows her and discovers that she is not quite human. Camilla discovers that she has been followed and Phil is pursued. He leaves a desperate message for Phil and Kate which reveals that Camilla has special plans for baby Jake. Written by and

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Tonight, while the world is asleep... an ancient evil is about to awaken.


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27 April 1990 (USA)  »

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The film's score was composed by Jack Hues. The film was his second collaboration with director William Friedkin as Hues, as part of the group Wang Chung, had scored Friedkin's earlier action pic To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). See more »


Sometimes the wall mural in the baby's room is the trees the mother was painting at the beginning of the movie, but in other scenes it's a bunch of flowers. See more »


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27 May 2008 | by (Vancouver,Canada) – See all my reviews

To all those who gave this a 4 or less--you wouldn't know a good piece of film-making if it bit you in the ass.Granted,it's one of Friedkin's lesser efforts,but it blows away 95% percent of the horror films out there,in my opinion.There's some cornball stuff in it,but there's a well-executed kind of tension in the way it's filmed-great cinematography,a mood to some of the scenes that is creepy & effective.Also,I think the distributors made a mistake pumping the fact it was from "the director of the Exorcist".Big mistake.Anyhow,most people would think "The Hand that Rocks The Cradle" was a better movie(it scores a 6.2)than "The Guardian",but there's no accounting for taste,as the man said.

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