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  • Actors: Jenny Seagrove, Dwier Brown, Carey Lowell, Brad Hall, Miguel Ferrer
  • Directors: William Friedkin
  • Writers: William Friedkin, Dan Greenburg, Stephen Volk
  • Producers: Dan Greenburg, David Salven, Joe Wizan, Mickey Borofsky
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 1999
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305614407
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Guardian" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

handsome young couple (Brown and Lowell) moves from an apartment in Chicago to a spacious home on the edge of a forest in Los Angeles. Fortunately, for their newborn child, they also find the perfect live-in baby sitter (Seagrove). It all seems like a fairy tale, until it becomes apparent that the attractive English nanny is revealed to have a very strange relationship with a large tree in the forest. It isn't long before ancient supernatural forces turn the couple's dream into a nightmare, and they begin to battle the nanny for the child's soul.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By LUCIEN LESSARD on May 12, 2000
Format: DVD
Director William Friedkin, he`s known for must films, he`s has directed, all different kind of films like:The French Connection(1971), The very popular horror film-The Exorcist(1973), Made for T.V. remake-12 Angry Men(1997) and the just recently box office hit-Rules Of Engagement(2000). This was his second horror since The Exorcist. Today-The Guardian is a film, many people, don`t remember, what the film about.
About a mysterious nanny named Camilla(Jenny Seagrove-She gives a strong performance), she look after new born babies for a living and older child, also. Then a yuppie couple, just move for new jobs in L.A., then his wife:Kate(Carey Lowell), told his husband, she`s expecting a baby. her husband:Phil(Dwier Brown-He`s a good actor) is thrill by his wife news. Then nine months later, after she had her baby boy. She doesn`t want to miss work at her job. They call a Guardian Agency, if they a nanny right a way. They hired Camilla from different interview with different nanny. They liked Camilla immediately, she`s lives with them. Phil has some vision about the nanny, is not, what she appear to be.
Some Excellent Production Designs(My favorite is the bizarre tree), a lot of good scares, some very strong horror scenes, strong make-up effects and special effects and good performances from the three leads. Well directed by Friedkin, he also co-wrote the screenplay-based on a novel by Dan Greenberg. The novel is called the nanny.
Carey Lowell, she known for the long running NBC T.V. show-Law and Order. Another film credit like-License To Kill and Fierce Creatures. She Married to Richard Gere and they a kid together.
Watch for a very small roles, including:Miguel Ferrer(Robo Cop, Stephen King`s The Stand, Hot Shots Part Deux!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Eric on September 3, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I always enjoy a good splatter flick and while I wouldn't necessarily call The Guardian a "good" film, it sure as hell is an entertaining one. The plot's pretty silly, with Jenny Seagrove as Camilla, a newly hired caretaker of a young couple's (Dwier Brown and Cary Lowell) infant son. Camilla appears to be the perfect nanny, sweet and loving, but actually, she's a Druid who needs the baby to prolong her immortal life, or something to that effect (the movie really didn't explain too much, and if you think I gave anything away by mentioning her as a Druid, the opening subtitles already state that info). She's also got a weird relationship with a big tree in the forest.
The film's got a lot of stupidity here and there, especially the young couple, who don't bother checking Camilla's references before hiring her, or the fact that this caretaker happens to be able to move around so many residences freely without too much suspicion (okay, for a while, at least). And considering the fact Camilla's a Druid, where'd she get this tree? This is set in L.A., not Europe. As I said before, not much is answered, and I guess I should be grateful because I can't imagine any answers that wouldn't delve the material into further silliness.
But I credit director William Friedkin for handling all this with a straight face. Some of this stuff (particularly the scenes with the tree) could have been played as camp, but I'm rather glad Friedkin plays this seriously and, as he did with The Exorcist, he manages to craft some truly suspenseful and frightening moments here. Still, the film does slide into scenes that simply can't be taken very seriously; you'll know what I mean when you see the chainsaw scene near the end of the movie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Calle on July 23, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The movie starts with a text about druids who worshipped trees and sacrificed human victims to them. After that there is a prologue where a family's nanny does this. Then we get to know the heroes of the movie, Phil and kate, just moved to Los Angeles and expecting a baby. After the baby boy is born, they find Camilla, who seems to be the perfect nanny. But under the charming surface lies a dark secret... You figure out the rest...
This movie is occasionally a little silly and without the info about the druids in the beginning, the story wouldn't make much sense. But that doesn'r matter. The Guardian is a nice and entertaining movie. A sequence in the middle of the movie and the ending are especially good. Jenny Seagrove is very good as Camilla. While not a masterpiece, this is an entertaining movie, definitely worth watching and a fun addition to your movie collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 17, 2010
Format: DVD
This is not a typical horror movie of the 90's. This is one of those weird, freaky, and yes very bloody films. Jenny Seagrove is great in this film. She plays a very attractive "baby sitter" who is a Druid that worships and lives on through an ancient tree that she sacrifices infants to so it can live off their blood. This actually freaked me out in my younger days, but at the same time, it was worth adding to my horror collection. Now I look at it as a classic. The supporting casts are great. The cool blood thirsty coyotes are deadly. It was also directed by William Friedkin who is best known for directing the Exorcist. I would say Jenny Seagrove is the hottest and the scariest in this film. If you like weird horror films that no one really knows about, that actually will make you jump, and with tons of blood and gore, then this is for you.
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