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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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$17,037,887 (USA)

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The delivery scene used real footage of an actual live birth. 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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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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Flawed but entertaining

Giant trees, huge dark forests, coyotes appearing from nowhere, evil'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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