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The Guardian (1990)

 -  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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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 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 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 co-voices on the film's audio-commentary. 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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As the tree is being cut down, the movie keeps cutting back to Camilla, showing what damage it is doing to her. When the guy finishes cutting down the tree, there is a shot of Camilla and her left leg breaks off and she falls to the ground. The two shots immediately following, of the mother tackling her and then of Camilla being thrown out the window, both show her with her legs still intact. See more »

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References The Golden Girls (1985) See more »

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While The City Sleeps
Written by Roger Eno
Performed by Roger Eno
Courtesy of Opal Records
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A treehugger's variation of Hansel & Gretel. (spoilers)
3 August 2005 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Not a bad horror film. During the age of the druids, there were supposedly people who worshipped trees, even going so far as to make human offerings to them. There were, however, those that worshipped the trees in order to raise some sort of good spirit while others did it to praise its evil spirit. An English woman posing as a babysitter is one of the latter. She takes a job as a sitter for an oblivious newlywed couple who have yet to suspect other plans for their newborn son. That is, as the cliché usually goes, until someone learns the woman secrets (usually as witnesses to her bizarre behavior) and tries to warn the naive couple. But not without the retaliation of the English woman, her pack of coyotes, and the spirit of the trees. But, as most horror movies also go, it is not long before the couple will have to do their best to save their son and get rid of the evil that has befallen their unsuspecting family. This is, as the filmmakers allude to in the introduction, a modern variation of Hansel and Gretel.

Typical material follows horror film conventions completely by the book, but it's rather unique setting (a dangerous tree hugger) and ignorance of the blah couple for most of the film, make it a decent horror film. Horror fluff, but entertaining nonetheless. Don't be fooled, however, by director William Friedken's name attached to the publicity as this lacks much of the exciting suspense and power of his early masterpiece, The Exorcist. If nothing else, if your in the mood for a horror film with sophisticated sprinkling of gratuitous nudity and a cheesy story, you might not be disappointed.


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