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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301783875
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,014 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christian Pelchat on Feb. 26 2003
Format: DVD
When a Wealthy Young Couple (Dwier Brown & Carey Lowell) hires a Attractive Nanny (Jenny Seagrove) for thier new born baby but the Nanny has a Secret of Unspeakable Horror.
Directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist, The French Connection, Rampage) made a Strong Supernatural Horror film. Seagrove delivers an Strong Performance in this. DVD's has an terrific anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1) transfer (Also in Pan & Scan) and an digitally remastered-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD Extras are the Original Theatrical Trailer & an fine Commentary Track by the Director & Interviewer Critic:Dennis Bartok. This one is Friedkin's most underrated & personal film. Based on a Novel by Dan Greenberg (Novel's Title-The Nanny). Screenplay by Greenberg, Friedkin & Stephen Volk. Grade:A-.
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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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By A Customer on May 10 2002
Format: DVD
...at least via television, you won't feel guilty when you get bored and retire to re-organize your sock drawer. This is B-movie drivel of the highest order.
Allow me to put this in perspective for you. I have only walked out of two movies, ever! "Arachnophobia" and "The Guardian." Truth be told, I'm a fan of Friedkin's work from "The Exorcist." His adaptation of his own novel was exceptionally executed and character driven. This film is merely a shallow attempt by a movie studio to bank on the naivete of horror fans. How? By repackaging and disguising a slasher script with clever direction by a horror film veteran and his impressive dossier.
Friedkin's vision is second to none, but the message and the suspense get lost in the predictable, cookie-cutter plot. Friedken works best as a builder of suspense by cultivating the charaters involved in the cine-play. The script for this film does not allow for this crucial development to take place. Thus, once the blood starts flowing we feel no remorse for any character's loss, or for the loss of any character for that matter. Very sad.
You will not be disappointed in Friedkin's direction. Hence the two stars. However, with dim narrative support, the film comes off as if Friedkin had been handed a butter knife to carve the Thanksgiving turkey. The vision is there, but the tools are not.
Save yourself twenty clams. If you want slasher suspense, invest in "Friday the 13th." Wait for this one to show up on UPN or a Turner network.
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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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