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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$17,037,887 (USA)

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Jenny Seagrove was unhappy with the film's constant rewrites and wanted to make a completely different film. She said to The Guardian in 2007: "It was about this druid nanny who became a tree. I begged Universal to make it about a real nanny who kidnaps babies. 'No, no, we can't do that,' they said, 'the thirty somethings in America won't come and see the film.' I said, 'I think you're completely wrong; this film is total fantasy, and it's just awful.' Two years later The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) was released, so I rang up my friend at Universal and he said, 'Don't. Don't even talk about it, you were right.' " See more »


When Phil and Kate decide to visit Dr. Klein and drive to the hospital it is clearly day outside. When they take their son out of the hospital and drive back home it is suddenly night time. See more »


Music by Not Drowning Waving (as Not Drowning, Waving)
Lyrics by David Bridie
Performed by Not Drowning Waving (as Not Drowning, Waving)
Courtesy of Mighty Boy Records
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Nature Fights Back In This Friedkin Gem
27 October 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

You know that when a movie begins with the introduction...

"For thousands of years a religious order known as the Druids worshipped trees, sometimes even sacrificing human beings to them. To these worshippers, every tree has it's guardian spirit. Most are aligned with goodness and life, but some embody powers of darkness and evil."

...that it's probably not going to suck. And Friedkin certainly doesn't disappoint with this underrated cult gem (does he ever!?).

Basically, an immortalized witch has made a pact- through sexual union- with a dark entity that resides in a giant old tree. In exchange for a youthful longevity, she must provide the tree with offerings in the form of a child under the age of 4 months (prior to some sort of metamorphic shift in the child's blood occurring). When presented to the tree, the child-offering is absorbed into it- as if carved into it.

In order to obtain these child sacrifices, this woman- Camilla- uses stolen identities to garner herself positions, as a Nanny, through childcare agencies. And she has just been hired by the family we are following in this film.

When she's not caring for the child,- or seducing the husband- Camilla is out having lustful intercourse with the tree, which is indicative of her reverence for, and union with, it. The tree also kills people. Yep, it's a killer tree that f*cks.

And The kills are badass!!! Although there are not enough of them, in my personal opinion...the way it takes out that trio of rapists is amazing.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, especially near the end when everything get's all evil dead-like (buddy even looks a bit like Ash when covered in blood and wielding that chainsaw)! The tree monster, though sparsely used, is pretty awesome. And there is just enough gore to keep interested through all the drama. Decent film!

6.5 out of 10.

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