The Guardian (1990)

The Guardian


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William Friedkin's adaptation of Dan Greenburg's novel The Nanny centers on a couple who hires a baby-sitter who plans to feed the infant to a living tree.

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen Volk, Dan Greenburg, William Friedkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 12, 1999



as Camilla

as Ned Runcie

as Ralph Hess

as Molly Sheridan

as Gail Krasno

as Doctor at Birth

as Allan Sheridan

as Arlene Russell

as Detective

as Dr. Klein

as Mrs. Horniman

as Arlene Russell

as Rosaria

as Older Woman

as Baby Jake

as Baby Jake

as Molly Sheridan
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Critic Reviews for The Guardian

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review… | October 3, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for The Guardian

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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.

Lafe Fredbjornson

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?

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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