Not treemendous, but pretty good...
, 10 Nov 2011
William Friedkin took over from Sam Raimi to direct this film and the screenplay was an adaptation of Dan Greenburg's The Nanny rewritten by Stephen Volk.
The producer loved Volk's re-write but unfortunately Friedkin hated it, so a confused Volk left him to it.All this confusion behind the scenes not surprisingly makes for a rather confused movie.
The influence of Sam Raimi is definately evident in certain scenes, Dwier Brown wielding his chainsaw a la Bruce Campbell is one and the breast fondling of an evil tree is another, but you can't help thinking that The Guardian would've benefited from more of Raimi's dark humour and less of Friedkin's seriousness.
Friedkin briefly manages humour when three undesirables get munched by a tree, but he does creepy better and the creepiness only really gets going by the end of the movie.
A major factor in stifling any atmosphere is the use of blue light in almost every night time scene; which is unfortunately rather a feature of horror movies with a budget. It's no mystery that the effectiveness of classics like Evil Dead and Texas Chainsaw was partly due to the distinct lack of lighting.
There are however some good freaky moments at the end, and the scenes featuring the nanny floating through the woods and rampaging round the house work very well.
All in all I would recommend this to all horror fans but if you want a truly scary nanny I would go for Bette Davis in The Nanny and if you want more schlocky tree effects I would go for Evil Dead. Three out of Five.
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