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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 10.21.09] post apocalyptic scifi thriller adventure

Around the time the wonderful City of Ember came out, we asked if the film was the first true post-apocalyptic kids flick.

Well, we were pretty sure it was until we found info on this little weird gem, a long lost PA production from the UK called Dark Enemy which sounds like a cross between John Wydham's"The Chrysalids" and M. Night Shyamalan The Village.

Directed by Colin Finbow, Dark Enemy is a product of the old British "Children's Film Unit" which was funded to encourage children to create movies. A sort of by kids, for kids kind of deal.

It's a post-nuclear holocaust story set in a bucolic valley where children have to work because the adults are all dying off. They're told never to leave the valley, but they do, discovering some sort of secret.

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.

Considering all I could find on this film are the two stills obviously pulled form somebody's VHS dub you can imagine how hard this is to find. But hey, I love a challenge. If anyone finds some footage pass us a link.

UPDATE: You can watch the entire Dark Enemy below!

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Wilcoy (12 years ago) Reply

I can't say I've run across Dark Enemy either. I have found another P-A BBC children's TV series from 1975 called 'The Changes' and I did a show on it yesterday at

All 10 episodes are currently uploaded at YouTube here is a link if you want to give it a go...


christian louboutin sandals (12 years ago) Reply

It was a very nice idea! Just wanna say thank you for the information you have shared. Just continue writing this kind of post. I will be your loyal reader. Thanks again.


tim smith (11 years ago) Reply

I am really interestedt otrack down a poster for this film for one of the actors as awedding present. Any ideas where I might find it?




digitalgodd (10 years ago) Reply

I have a rare VHS copy of this film. Quite a good story and truly the first kiddie PA flick.

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