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
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At the time of its initial release, several critics pointed out that this may be the first horror film in which a chainsaw is used against a tree. See more »
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 »
There are two versions of "The Guardian": the theatrical cut, credited to William Friedkin, and a modified cut, credited to "Alan Smithee". The Alan Smithee cut has never been released on video but has 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 »
Tree worshipping nanny (Jenny Seagrove) moves from state to state sacrificing infants to a tree. Her newest targets, a Las Angeles couple begin to notice her strange behavior as she puts the moves on dad and all of the neighbors start turning up dead. Jenny Seagrove turns in an excellent performance and there are some rather stylish and chilling moments in the film. However, the film is never really able to get past the silly premise.
Rated R; Nudity, Graphic Violence and Profanity.
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