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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 shockingly apparent to the audience early in the story when she is set upon by a trio of rape-minded thugs who meet with a particularly nasty fate in the woods, but it seems to take the parents much longer to come to the same conclusion. In fact, the woods are the key to the entire equation, as Camilla is revealed to be a powerful forest entity from Druid mythology who intends to sacrifice her infant charge to a hideous tree-god.

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Miguel Ferrer
as Ralph Hess
Natalija Nogulich
as Molly Sheridan
Pamela Brull
as Gail Krasno
Gary Swanson
as Allan Sheridan
Xander Berkeley
as Detective
Ray Reinhardt
as Dr. Klein
Rita Gomez
as Rosaria
Brad Hall
as Ned Runcie
Therese Randle
as Arlene Russell
Theresa Randle
as Arlene Russell
Iris Bath
as Mrs. Horniman
Dr. Berry Herman
as Doctor at Birth
Bonnie Snyder
as Older Woman
Craig Nemeth
as Baby Jake
Josh Fischman
as Baby Jake
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Critic Reviews for The Guardian

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Of the many threats to modern man documented in horror films -- the slashers, the haunters, the body snatchers -- the most innocent would seem to be the druids.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The Guardian is a deeply strange picture with a history as tortured as the perverted limbs of the fabricated tree itself...

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

As far as flying nannies go, Jenny Seagrove's isn't half as intimidating as Julie Andrews' Mary Poppins.

January 23, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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…

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

October 6, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

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

August 12, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

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
Alex roy

Super Reviewer


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 Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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