Ratings Key



★★★★
= Excellent. The best the genre has to offer.
★★★
1/2 = Very Good. Perhaps not "perfect," but undoubtedly a must-see.
★★★ = Good. Accomplishes what it sets out to do and does it well.
★★1/2 = Fair. Clearly flawed and nothing spectacular, but competently made. OK entertainment.
★★ = Mediocre. Either highly uneven or by-the-numbers and uninspired.
1/2 = Bad. Very little to recommend.
= Very Bad. An absolute chore to sit through.
NO STARS! = Abysmal. Unwatchable dreck that isn't even bad-movie amusing.
SBIG = So Bad It's Good. Technically awful movies with massive entertainment value.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Guardian, The (1990)

Directed by:
William Friedkin

You can't totally hate a movie where leather clad biker rapists are decapitated by a possessed tree, but this confused movie is equal parts dreary and absurd, yet seems to completely lack a sense of humor. Jenny Seagrove is fine in the role of Camilla, a Druid priestess who signs on to be the nanny for a yuppie couple's newborn baby. Little do they know, she plans on sacrificing the tike to that aforementioned bloodthirsty tree! Some gore (by Steve Johnson, et al), rabid wolves, high production values and the good central performance help things along, but it's nearly impossible to take this as seriously as was intended.

★★

2 comments:

spookyx3 said...

was impervious to most of the nonsense in this until processing it later. long before the end i was thoroughly sick of gurgling infants and the new-age nutcase nanny.

the sequence where the architect catches up to camilla in the forest and is pursued by the coyotes felt very much like an argento set-piece.

promoting the film (FANGO, again...) friedkin said he hated the original screenplay, which was close to the source novel, and so, he and the screenwriter gave it another pass. that scene with the rapist punks was inspired by an episode from the director's own life -- he came home from a trip and found the naive british nanny he'd employed, in bed with a member of the hell's angels. a couple of years later, friedkin said he was happy with the film, but blamed the studio for insisting on a supernatural element.

The Bloody Pit of Horror said...

Ha @ that nanny story. This is yet another one I need to re-watch and write a proper review for. Haven't seen it in many many years.

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