The Guardian (Will Friedkin, 1990)
William Friedkin, famous for directing the The Exorcist and The French Connection, released this supernatural horror back in 1990. Now, 21 years on, The Guardian is back being re-released on DVD.
While The Guardian is bog-standard horror throughout, there are a couple of creepy, if not properly scary, moments. It also stays very aware of its genre – in particular the moments that involve trees attacking people, reminiscent of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead.
It is overly predictable and you are constantly aware of the fact that you’ve seen it all before. There are no real standout original moments or plot twists; it’s all fairly generic. William Friedkin has made a bunch of unquestionably better films.