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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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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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$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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Written by 'Roy Blumenfeld, Stephen Sea, Joesph White'
Performed by 'Roy Blumenfeld, Stephen Sea, Joesph White'
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Decent enough to give it a look.
6 June 2006 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Phil and Kate are a young yuppie couple just on the verge of having a child of their own. As both parents are too busy to take care of the baby,they decide to enlist the services of a nanny,and after screening many candidates,they eventually welcome Camilla.It turns out that Camilla isn't quite all she claims to be,as the baby is being groomed for an ultimate union with the tree she is beholden to."The Guardian" is William Friedkin's return to the horror genre.The film itself is well-made and offers some suspense and a decent amount of gore.However the plot is cheesy and predictable and the main performances are rather bland.Sadly neglected English actress Jenny Seagrove is the definitive highlight of the film.Despite some flaws "The Guardian" is worth checking out for serious genre fans.7 out of 10.


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