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The Guardian (1990)

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A young couple with a newborn baby don't realize that the nanny they hired is a magical nymph who sacrifices infants to an evil tree.

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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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baby | nanny | friend | neighbor | druid | See All (98) »

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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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A vérszomjas dada  »

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$17,037,887
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Jenny Seagrove was unhappy with the film's constant re-writes, and wanted to make a completely different film. She said to The Guardian in 2007: "It was about this druid nanny who became a tree. I begged Universal to make it about a real nanny who kidnaps babies. 'No, no, we can't do that,' they said, 'the thirty somethings in America won't come and see the film.' I said, 'I think you're completely wrong; this film is total fantasy, and it's just awful.' Two years later The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) was released, so I rang up my friend at Universal and he said, 'Don't. Don't even talk about it, you were right.' " 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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Detective: There's no evidence that the woman you describe ever existed.
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Waltz For Debby
Written by Bill Evans and Gene Lees
Performed by Bill Evans, Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian
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Nice Celtic theme
20 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film is not bad at all. It has the delicious Jenny Seagrove (from "A Woman Of Substance" fame), and some themes that come from the Celtic world, like living trees and baby-napping. Read all about The Green Man legend (Kingsley Amis wrote a novel about it, BBC did a very good documentary on it, Robin Hood and wood god Pan are one and the same according to it, some British Christian churches have him above their pillars). THE GUARDIAN is not as even as another Celtic themed film, THE WICKER MAN, and sometimes it is too Hollowoodish for its own good, but Friedkin's directing style is still superior to many others.

Try looking at this film with a burning white candle and some incense, and maybe some Clannad before and after. :-)


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