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There's Nothing Out There

Directed by Rolfe Kanefsky (1992)
Reviewed by MaT, added on Jun 26 2007

A group of not very attractive teens head up to an isolated house by a lake owned by one of the teens' parents. Once there, one of them tries desperately to convince the others that they are in a horror movie; attempting to point out all of the cliches and scenarios they are walking into while they happen. Of course, the others don't believe him, and it isn't long before an alien creature starts knocking off nude girls and horny guys. There is definitely something out there and apparently it's a so-so movie.

The one reason this film gets attention is because of Wes Craven's Scream. As you all know, Scream made the self-aware horror film chic. The character of Randy was memorable for being a horror film geek who recited the "rules" of horror movies while the other WB kids were getting sliced up. Five years earlier, TNOT did the same type of thing with a character named Mike. Throughout the film, Mike points out when not to go outside, debates with himself which type of horror film they are in (is it a killer or an alien?), and uses the rules of horror films to help his friends survive. Of course, Craig Peck (who plays Mike) is a terrible actor who just can't pull off the geeky coolness of Jamie Kennedy.

The fact that TNOT is a spiritual ancestor to Scream in that regard at least gets the film noticed, which is a good thing I think. This was director Rolfe Kanefsky's (The Hazing) first film and it actually isn't a bad first effort. The acting is bad all around, the editing and shot compositions grating at times, and the alien monster looks stupid, but there is a good attempt here. The film moves along at a brisk pace, there's some sex, boobs, blood and after watching Scream, you'll at least appreciate the film more than you normally would for beating it to the punch in terms of having a character who recognizes horror films.

There's Nothing Out There doesn't take itself too seriously, and though it's obviously amateur, it's still a fun little film. Kanefsky is competent as a director, even if he's never quite churned out that gem he seems to have in him, and TNOT shows the rough potential for him. It's worth checking out.

6.25 / 10

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