The Guardian

Film, Horror

Time Out says

Deep in the lush canyons of upmarket LA, the tranquillity of an all-American family (Brown, Lowell and infant son) is threatened by the arrival of Camilla (Seagrove). Posing as a nanny sent by the Guardian Angel agency, she turns out to be a bloodthirsty, baby-sacrificing tree-worshipper. Based on Dan Greenburg's novel The Nanny, Friedkin's first foray into horror since The Exorcist contains many of the trademarks which characterised that epochal work: prying cameras track constantly through the shadowy corridors, sneaking up on occupants, while blinded scientists (police and doctors) impotently explain away supernatural disturbances. This time, though, Friedkin opts for up-front hokum, interspersed with impressively ridiculous special effects, including man-eating trees, flying nannies and coniferous chainsaw carnage. A severely flawed but not unamusing venture from a director who should know better.


Release details

93 mins

Cast and crew

William Friedkin
Stephen Volk, Dan Greenburg, William Friedkin
Jenny Seagrove
Dwier Brown
Carey Lowell
Brad Hall
Miguel Ferrer
Natalia Nogulich
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