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The Guardian

The Guardian (1990)


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The Exorcist director William Friedkin made a return to the horror genre with this blend of straightforward suspense and Druid myth-inspired horror-fantasy. The idyllic lives of yuppie couple Phil and Kate (Dwier Brown and Carey Lowell) seem complete when they select the winsome young Camilla (Jenny Seagrove) as a live-in nanny for their newborn child, but the lovely young Camilla -- whose natural sexuality begins to work its spell on Phil -- is not what she appears to be. This becomes


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Stephen Volk, William Friedkin

Oct 12, 1999

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Admittedly, it doesn't seem like one that Friedkin put his heart and soul into, but it still has some of his touches, and it's too interesting to write off completely.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A dumb horror film that's down there with Deal of the Century as one of Friedkin's worst efforts.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Friedkin here seems strangely determined to squander his talent; lots of wasted opportunities.

August 12, 2005

Absolutely hysterical. Unfortunately, it's supposed to be scary

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Mediocre horror film directed by William Friedkin, I found The Guardian to be a boring affair, one that was void of a truly engaging story, good cast, and memorable scares. The idea might have been interesting, but the script itself feels like it has way too many weak points to really make the plot standout, therefore the film is just a disappointing effort from a director who has crafted some terrific films. Friedkin can't seem to direct something worthy here, and you are left wanting more out of the film. The terror is silly, and forgettable. The cast don't seem to deliver any memorable performances, and as a whole this is a forgettable film, one that won't satisfy horror fans, and will only disappoint you. There is a sense of style that shows hints of potential, but due to a poorly written script, the film never promises on delivering the goods, and you are left waiting on genuine thrills. Unfortunately, The Guardian doesn't deliver, and it is a weak horror film that never is entertaining. There is no redeeming aspect that can save the film's somewhat interesting idea, and it's a shame. Stick with Friedkin's The Exorcist, which at least is one of the redefining horror films, and forget that this film exists. Don't go in expecting a great film, you'll be very disappointed. The Guardian is a mediocre film that never delivers the terror, and it's a shame. The cast here are laughable in their parts, and overall it feels like a film that was rushed into production with no emphasis on trying to create something truly terrifying and memorable. The tone of the film feels like a low budget horror film, and the result clearly shows on-screen. Unfortunately for William Friedkin, this is one of the worst films he has directed, and it's a shame because he also directed one of the genre's finest works. The Guardian is never any good, and really could have benefitted from a few script rewrites before the project gotten green lit. This is a film that leaves viewers wanting more out of the film. Forgettable.
January 25, 2014
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A cool movie. I really like the trailer. Less exciting is the actual movie, which is decent enough, with a tree spirit posing as a nanny to capture babies. There are great creature attacks in the forest. Mild horror.
December 26, 2007

Super Reviewer

What a shocking and horror of haunting tree and the nanny. It's hard to decide who gives the most wooden performance in this ludicrous load of poppycock, Jenny Seagrove or the tree?
January 28, 2007
Dean McKenna

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The twists were not twisty and the horrors were not horrid. It may be a good idea to something completely different: Druid Spirit, but needed to execute well to sustain the tension. A rip off of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle.
August 8, 2012
Sylvester Kuo

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