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The Guardian (1990)

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 Sterling's friend and neighbor, Ned, takes a liking to... See full summary »

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Molly Sheridan (as Natalia Nogulich)
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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 Sterling'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 Ned is pursued. He leaves a desperate message for Phil and Kate which reveals that Camilla has special plans for baby Jake. Written by brooks@odie.ee.wits.ac.za and drxcreatures@yahoo.com

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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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A cable TV version of the film is not billed to director William Friedkin, but to Alan Smithee, a generic name which is used by directors when they don't want to be associated with a picture. This is despite the fact that Friedkin claims on the film's audio-commentary he never heard of such a version. There are two versions of "The Guardian": the theatrical cut, credited to Friedkin, and a modified cut, credited to Smithee. The Smithee cut has never been released on home video or DVD and has only been shown on cable. It includes new scenes including another scene in the hospital, different dream sequences, a scene of the nanny waking the wife up and alternate angles for other scenes. Also, the ending of the cable cut is different and omits much of the gore. See more »

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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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Detective: There's no evidence that the woman you describe ever existed.
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Incidental Groove
Written by Joseph A. White, Stephen Sea and Roy Blumenfeld
Performed by Joseph A. White, Stephen Sea and Roy Blumenfeld
Produced by Joseph A. White, Stephen Sea and Roy Blumenfeld
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Flawed but entertaining

Giant trees, huge dark forests, coyotes appearing from nowhere, evil nannies.....it's certainly full of scary things, but the movie isn't really that scary. This is because Jenny Seagrove's character is far too humansied at the start for us to fear her as a monster. She is actually put in jeapordy, and she runs away from a group of rapists, which makes it seem as if she isn't very powerful. Then when she wants to she turns into a monster and flies after her victims. She should be fearsome and nasty straight away, and the audience should not be able to associate with her.

It is pretty scary at the end - especially when coyotes start appearing from nowhere to attack people, and when Seagrove flies after the hero, that really is frightening. And the look on her face after she's been hit by the truck.......that's REALLY frightening. The cast is pretty good, and the effects, save for the tree, are good. The tree should have been terrifying, but it isn't very well designed.

Still, this is an above average horror tale, with some very supernatural goings-on. And there is no explanation for the monster's existence, which adds to the scariness. Good stuff.


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