CULT FACTION

For all your cult film, tv, cartoon, comic and video game needs

The Guardian (1990)

Co-written and directed by William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist,  Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A., Jade, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted, Bug, Killer Joe), The Guardian opens with an explanation regarding ancient druids and how they worshiped trees, sometimes offering them human sacrifices. It explains how many of these trees were connected with evil. Whilst this appears to be quite random, it does come up later in the plot!

We then get to meet Molly (Natalia Nogulich) and Allan Sheridan (Gary Swanson) who are heading off on a trip, leaving their two children in the care of their nanny, Diana Julian (Jenny Seagrove). Once alone and with the children sleeping, Diane kidnaps the daughter.

Luckily Molly realizes she left her glasses at the house, and upon returning she sees that her daughter is missing. Diana, out in the forest, approaches a giant, old, gnarled tree, and holds up the baby, which then disappears from her hands. The roots of the tree show the baby’s face, as it has been sacrificed to keep the tree alive. As Diana sits on the ground near a pool of water, her reflection disappears, leaving that of a growling wolf.

Three months later, Phil (Dwier Brown) and Kate Sterling (Carey Lowell ) move to Los Angeles, where Phil has gotten a job with an advertising agency. Kate reveals to Phil that she is pregnant; she gives birth to a baby boy, Jake. They decide to hire a nanny so that both parents can continue to work. They interview a number of candidates recommended by the Guardian Angel agency. Two seem most suitable: a young woman named Arlene Russell (Theresa Randle), and a caring British woman named Camilla Grandier (Jenny Seagrove).

After Arlene dies in a bicycling accident, Camilla is hired and quickly becomes an invaluable member of the household. However, one night, Phil has a nightmare where he sees a wolf attacking Jake. Later in the day, Camilla and Jake are outside in a field when she’s confronted by three gang members (Jack David Walker, Willy Parsons, Frank Noon) who chase her and Jake into the woods. After knocking her to the ground, one of the men stabs her and attempts to rape her at the base of the old tree. The tree comes alive and uses its branches to eviscerate the three men, consuming one of them. Camilla sits on a branch above the ground, cradling the baby, while wolves devour one of the men. A giant spike impales the last man, before he is engulfed in flames…

Related Posts
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)

Based on Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen's book of the same name, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century was directed Read more

Yatterman

Originally running between 1977-1979 for 108 episodes, Yatterman succeeded Time Bokan and followed what happened after fragments of a mysterious Read more

Welcome to Paradox

Debuting in 1998 and running for thirteen episodes, Welcome to Paradox was an anthology show where all the stories took Read more

The Rise of Skywalker – One 40 Something’s ‘Obsessed Fanboy’ pre-release thoughts…

No one likes an 'I told you so', so let's get the unpleasant bit out of the way. I told Read more

The Maze (1953)

Directed by William Cameron Menzies, The Maze was 3-D horror film that deals with teratology and prenatal phylogenetic evolution. It Read more

The legacy of Santa Claus: The Movie

Santa Claus: The Movie was supposed to be the holiday hit of 1985. Such was the confidence that farther and Read more

The Herculoids

Somewhere out in space live The Herculoids! Zok, the laser-ray dragon! Igoo, the giant rock ape! Tundro, the tremendous! Gloop Read more

The Exorcist TV series drops a retro trailer

The trailer has landed for Fox's new TV interpretation of The Exorcist. Drawing William Peter Blatty’s novel it is said Read more

The Degrassi Legacy and why it matters

In a time when the world was over exposed to glamorised American teenage dramas where teens were being played by Read more

The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Directed by Coleman Francis, The Beast of Yucca Flats follows a Soviet scientist named Joseph Jaworsky (Tor Johnson), who defects Read more

Founded Cult Faction in 2014; previously crawled out of the Black Lodge in 1976, only to find himself in the Village.

One thought on “The Guardian (1990)

  1. I remember this movie from way back. It was on cable, I believe. If I recall, it was an okay piece of work, nothing overly exceptional or exciting. Nice job, Brett.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: