The Guardian

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Optimistic about their future, well-off parents Kate (Carey Lowell) and Phil (Dwier Brown) hire the pleasant and lovely young Camilla (Jenny Seagrove) to live with them and care for their new baby. Though Camilla seems like an answer to their prayers, she proves to be more than she appears, and a diabolical plot involving the wellbeing of their child is uncovered. The young parents are forced to fight supernatural forces for the life of their vulnerable offspring.

Cast & Crew

Brad Hall
Ned Runcie
Natalia Nogulich
Molly Sheridan
Pamela Brull
Gail Krasno
Gary Swanson
Allan Sheridan
Theresa Randle
Arlene Russell
Joe Wizan
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David Salven
Executive Producer
Stephen Volk
Screenwriter
Dan Greenburg
Screenwriter
Jack Hues
Original Music
John A. Alonzo
Cinematographer
Seth Flaum
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Critic Reviews for The Guardian

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  • Jan 24, 2014
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2012
    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.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2008
    was a very good movie,the tree in it with all the babys kinda got to me,but a good story line,If you get a chance to see it watch it cause you wont be disapointed.
    Daryl . Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2007
    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 F Super Reviewer

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