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Dark Enemy (1984)

| Drama, Horror, Mystery
After a nuclear war, a group of children at an isolated farmhouse debate what the outside world might be like. Soon one of them leaves the house to investigate, and finds out that things aren't the way they thought.

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Colin Finbow

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Colin Finbow
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Haig ... Ash
Douglas Storm Douglas Storm ... Ezra
Martin Laing Martin Laing ... Barnaby
Chris Chescoe Chris Chescoe ... Garth
Jennifer Harrison ... Ruth
Helen Mason Helen Mason ... Rosemary
Rory Macfarquhar Rory Macfarquhar ... Aron
Cerian Van Doorninck Cerian Van Doorninck ... Beth
James Guest James Guest ... Tod
Isobel Mason Isobel Mason ... Hazle
Oliver Hicks Oliver Hicks ... Jay
Bethan Van Doorninck Bethan Van Doorninck ... Dill
James Mills James Mills ... Midge
Philip Dragoumis Philip Dragoumis ... Frog
Mark Wallace Mark Wallace ... Grub
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After a nuclear war, a group of children at an isolated farmhouse debate what the outside world might be like. Soon one of them leaves the house to investigate, and finds out that things aren't the way they thought.

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UK

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English

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A roughly hewn low budget British gem
15 May 2010 | by jan_ulalumeSee all my reviews

This low budget film is an interesting curio and although i look upon it with a certain sentimentality, i believe it has additional merit. I saw it as a child of around 4 and it left a big impression. Of course, the children (and teenagers) are the focal point of the film and the lead is a doe-eyed waif who gives a very decent, if slightly stilted performance. The acting on the most part is pretty good for a film of this type. The plot is straightforward but a little vague, however, together with the locations and sub story, a great sense of foreboding and isolation is produced and this is what, as a child, i locked unto and now being very much older i can still connect with.

The special effects are pretty bog standard but they frightened me years ago and there is still something stark and primitive about them (as though they knew what they had wasn't up to much so they made their use of it as condensed and pure as possible without unnecessary flair)and the depiction of the films ghouls.

If you can handle the problems associated with a low budget production this film is highly recommended and although i award it 7 out of ten to be pedantic in relation to the nature of this site it's a 10 out of 10 in my heart.


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