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Orig­i­nally mooted for Sam Raimi, this over­ripe hor­ror about a nanny who sac­ri­fices new­borns to a gi­ant tree found an epi­cally ill-suited re­place­ment in Wil­liam “The Ex­or­cist” Fried­kin. De­spite the silli­ness (a scene where it at­tacks a group of thugs is mock­ably bad), Fried­kin plays the movie with a mis­guid­edly straight face. Jenny Sea­grove is solidly ef­fec­tive as the nanny, but Dwier Brown and Carey Low­ell are fa­tally un­der­pow­ered as the cou­ple whose lives she in­vades.

Ex­tras None. Steve O’Brien

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