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Film / The Guardian (1990)

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The Guardian is a 1990 horror film directed by William Friedkin.

Phil and Kate Sterling (Dwier Brown and Carey Lowell) hire a nanny to look after their newborn son, Jake. They come across Camilla Grandier (Jenny Seagrove), who appears to be the perfect choice to look after the baby. But in reality, Camilla happens to be a druid/witch who worships babies by sacrificing them into killer trees. Phil and Kate must find a way to protect Jake from Camilla and the supernatural forces surrounding her.


Tropes in the film:

  • Chainsaw Good: Roger Ebert gave the film a point for being the first horror movie he'd seen where a chainsaw is used against a tree.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The Onion's evisceration of this movie in their "Commentary Tracks of the Damned" feature points out that "Jenny Seagrove (is) the nakedest villain since Mathilda May in 1985's Lifeforce."
  • Mugging the Monster: Three thugs attempt to rape Camilla. She has them torn apart by the killer tree in the woods, and they are then eaten by her wolves.
  • Our Nymphs Are Different: Diana is a dryad who poses as a babysitter, abduct babies, and feeds them to her tree.
  • Savage Wolves: Camilla has a pack of wolves at her back and call, which she mostly uses to get rid of people.
  • Synchronization: Damage done to the tree that Camilla sacrifices babies to happens to her as well.
  • When Trees Attack: The tree that Camilla sacrifices babies to is perfectly capable to defend itself, as Phil finds out when he tries to cut it down with a chainsaw.


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