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8/10
great DVD edition
ontheblvd8 October 2001
This is a fun little spoof of the crappy 80's style horror flicks we grew up with... the twist (the same kinda hook that Scream used about five years later) is that the hero is a guy who's seen so many of said crappy horror flicks that he realizes that he might actually be IN a crappy horror flick, then uses it to his advantage.

The best news tho is that the new DVD edition of "There's Nothing.." not only has a MUCH better transfer than the earlier video release (and is letterboxed), but also a bunch of fun extras and commentary. The movie is a hoot, and the extras make it even more worthwhile.

Sometimes it's fun to kick back with a b-movie that knows it's a b-movie and has fun with that. Low budget and cheesy, but far more fun than most of the Hollywood horror flicks released in the past decade.

*** = movie ***** = DVD

Enjoy!
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8/10
A real gem of the low budget horror/comedy variety
quridley3 June 2017
This is an impressive amateur effort from the directing to the writing to the acting to the production. It feels like a good college theater troupe pooled their money to prove their chops because its so much sharper than the usual indie horror comedy. Its even historic in its premise as this is the first self-referential/meta slasher film. It will surprise you how much it predicts (or inspires) both "Scream" and "Cabin in the Woods".

TNOT is dated in some of its jokes and fashion but its a charming and high spirited film that has aged very well and deserves a lot of credit for being so ahead of its time and making the most of its small budget.
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7/10
Oh, there's something out there alright (Possible Spoiler)
Access Sanctuary26 May 2000
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7 teens on Spring Break trek up to one of their Uncle's cabin in the woods just in time for some kind of alien being to land nearby looking to eat some people and find a mate. While this might sound kind of campy, the film manages to approach the project by surrounding all the situations with elements of fear and suspense. A few things to take in mind if you've never seen this film before: the alien is supposed to be scary and undoubtedly some teens will survive.
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5/10
Scream before Scream
BandSAboutMovies18 February 2019
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Made before Scream, There's Nothing Out There satirizes the same horror movie cliches but goes even further, presenting a story where some of the characters are aware that they're in a movie, even using a boom mic to swing away from the movie's amphibian monster.

Seven teens head up to a cabin on the lake for spring break - a typical horror movie scenario. One of them, Mike, has studied every horror movie that's ever been released on video. He knows the warning signs and calls them out to the others, but they dismiss him as a goof who has watched too many films.

In truth - something is out there. The teens all fall into the tropes of typical horror movies and are killed off one by one by an evil frog creature that can possess them and make them fire lasers from their eyes. There's gore, tons of nudity and faces that literally melt. Also - the main creature is as ridiculous as anything in horror and I'm including The Killer Shrews.

This movie was written and directed by Rolfe Kanefsky, the son of Victor, who edited Ganja & Hess and Bloodsucking Freaks, a movie that we rented nearly every day in our teen years, using it as a torture test for unsuspecting friends.
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8/10
Horror-comedy at it's slimy green best.
tacomunky30314 November 2012
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Horror comedy has been done to death. When Wes Craven made "Scream" and it was promptly parodied by "Scary Movie", horror comedy effectively parodied itself. But long before any of these films ate their own crap and crapped out their eaten crap, (yes, it is that disgusting) a young filmmaker created what is essentially the best kind of these movies.

Rolfe Kanefsky's "There's Nothing Out There" takes every convention; slashers, aliens, monsters ; and puts them all together with a main character sure he's seen so many horror movies that everything is obvious to him. The character Mike reminds me of me. He sees a broken down car on the way to a vacation house in the woods, far away from everyone, and warns his friends they need to turn around. Ignoring him, they arrive at the house where he remarks, "Name a horror film, any horror film".

Shortly after, some teens in a van show up and jump into a nearby pond. When they ask Mike,"Isn't this the cabin by the lake?" he answers, "No. This is the house by the pond." So they leave.

There is a monster-alien thing running around, and it kills one of the kids late at night after leaving ooze on the frying pans inside. Mike dresses in sports gear with a bat and goes to kill it, but accidentally interrupts his friend having sex and is locked in the basement for the night.

The rest of the movie is pretty predictable, but that's the point. There's a lot of fourth wall breaking, as one of the characters actually uses the boom mic to swing out of the way of the creature, and Mike actually looks at the audience when asked, "So you're saying we're in a movie?" This is the top of the horror comedies. It's unfortunate that a lot of novices to the horror genre won't get a lot of the jokes, but the humor is specially formulated specifically for that crowd. So if you love horror, but think you've seen everything, this movie is perfect for you.

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9/10
Scream if there's nothing out there
lordzedd-328 July 2007
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Scream talked about the rules if you are going to survive a horror movie. Well there's nothing out there is the pretext to that and have other rules of surviving a horror movie in the woods which includes no skinny dipping. I love the Mike character, reminds me allot of me. He is the best written character in this whole movie. The others are good too but he has to be my favorite. The brilliant writing and subtext. The acting is better then some serious horror movies and the effects are incredible. This has got to be the best movie that you never heard of. All and all a great movie worth watching over and over again. 9 STARS.
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* *1/2 out of 4.
brandonsites198111 June 2002
Before we got the likes of Scary Movie, there was this. Smart, fast paced film with a good sense of humor and a game cast is about seven college students going to a remote cabin and falling prey to an alien that is looking to reproduce. This time around though, one of the kids knows that they are part of a horror movie and knows exactly what is going to happen. However, his friends don't pay attention naturally.

Rated R; Sexual Situations, Rape, Nudity, Violence, and Profanity.
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10/10
Hilarious; in a good way.
psychonikki12 June 2005
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I love this spoof of alien movies. The cast was excellent, especially Craig Peck as the nerdy guy who knows there is something out there. He had the best lines, and even though at times he was a little too winy, he was the most likable of the bunch.

In this one ALL the lead actresses take their clothes off, and two of the guys too (I could have done without the hairy ass shot).The alien creature was very funny looking, not scary at all, the effects were somewhat poor, but I still love this film.

It has something that appeals to me, I don't know if its the girls (they all are so hot) or simply because is a very funny film.
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9/10
A very funny, witty & on-target low-budget horror spoof
Woodyanders12 March 2006
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A genuine rarity, this one: a truly good, funny, even smart and respectful send-up of low-rent tacky'n'terrible cheesy backwoods-set teens-in-peril fright films that effectively pokes fun at assorted clichéd'n'contrived horror movie conventions without ever becoming the least bit cutesy or condescending towards its Grade B schlock picture subject matter. Writer/director Rolfe Kanefsky's droll, low-key, properly straight-faced and restrained style never devolves into the overly broad or excessive, instead nicely maintaining a dryly deadpan and ingratiatingly affectionate tone throughout.

The slyly generic plot concerns three libidinous high school student couples and token fear flick fanatic Mike (winningly played by Craig Peck, who's really goofy, but thankfully none too annoying) vacationing in a remote wilderness area. Said secluded forest proves to be the stalking grounds for a slimy, toothy, grody little lethal alien frog monster that sees the guys as yummy meals and the gals as ideal mates to reproduce its species with. Mike's comprehensive knowledge on and keen understanding of bromidic horror film banalities, which is initially a source of irritation to the other disbelieving chowder-head collegians, winds up saving the day, much to geeky Mike's own surprise and the viewer's slack-jawed astonishment.

A very amusing, enjoyable and mercifully uninsulting spoof (unlike the atrocious "Scream" stinkers, this film never seems either archly ironic or smugly patronizing in its pointed satiric potshots at corny stock characters and tried'n'true standard situations), blessed with witty dialog (Mike has the feature's single most sidesplitting line, tersely commenting after seeing one victim's face melt: "Now, that's disgusting"), personable acting from a cast of deliberately overage thesps who try unsuccessfully to palm themselves off as teenagers (one dude even has thinning hair!), nifty on-target parodies of such groan-inducingly familiar trash horror film ingredients as gratuitous nudity ("It's skinny-dipping time!"), the ever-absurd false cat scare, an especially uproarious swipe at the making hot, passionate love in front of a roaring fire sequence (the guy's zipper gets stuck!), glaring blatant continuity errors, and a hilarious technical gaffe involving a conspicuously visible boom microphone dipping into the frame, crisp, sprightly cinematography by Ed Hershberger, an endearingly cruddy extraterrestrial beast, a rollicking bang-up score by Christopher Thomas, and some gut-busting joke-ridden ending credits, "There's Nothing Out There" overall sizes up as a brisk, frequently riotous, and highly pleasing low-budget (it only cost $350,000 in total) tongue-in-cheek horror film genre lampoon.

The first-rate deluxe Special Edition DVD by Image Entertainment offers a fairly grainy, but generally solid and up to par widescreen presentation loaded with a wonderful wealth of awesomely abundant extras which include the theatrical trailer, a still and poster gallery, funky animated menus complete with songs and music from the picture, screen tests, bloopers and rehearsals (the bloopers in particular are an absolute hoot), pre-production footage and storyboards, animation test footage and work print outtakes, and, most savory of all, a very funny, entertaining and informative commentary provided by Kanefsky along with various cast and crew members.
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8/10
Exceptional B-horror movie
amok198011 November 2001
Very entertaining movie about seven youngsters (20 somethings cast as high school students) who go on a camping trip to summer house owned by the parents of one of the seven. The main character, Mike, freaks out when he sees a smashed overturned car. He insists that this is the beginning of a weekend of horror. He's right.

The usual murder-the-teens plot unfolds, but TNOT keeps it surprisingly well done. The creature and its powers are farfetched, but they work in this film. Even if you don't like anything about this film, Mike's lines will make it worth your time. They're hilarious!

8/10
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10/10
Well, there is something out there, but only Mike can spot the signs...
Darkangl10 February 2002
Mike is my hero! Finally, someone who doesn't wander blindly through the most obvious horror movie setups without spotting them and pointing them out to anyone and everyone who'll listen to him. Unfortunately for the rest of the group, they don't pay attention to him until it's too late. This movie is completely fun and you'll probably find yourself smiling through most of it. Face to face with a flesh eating alien with the ability to shoot hypnotic ray beams from it's eyes? Throw the cat at it. Sure, the cat will run away as soon as it hits the floor...but at least it bought you a couple of seconds. This movie is filled with goofball comedy from start to finish and is a must watch for any fan of comedy horror.
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Off-beat 1990s shocker has roots in 1980s Evil Dead series.
rixrex9 June 2007
Without knowing the year of production, apparently 1991 or 92, a horror film fan would think this unique and fun fright film would have been from a decade earlier.

Stylistically, it's very much like the Evil Dead series, or at least the first two of that series, and also has much of the same black humor and quick pacing.

Of course, the whole low-budget atmosphere contributes to that effect, as well as the talents of the unknown cast.

Basic story has an alien creature, rather smallish but carnivorous, running amok in the forest near a cabin of 7 teens. One of the teens is a horror film buff and constantly reminds the others of standard horror film situations they are placed in. Doesn't that sound familiar? However this film came before Scream!

Well worth a viewing.
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10/10
Funny, Fast Paced Horror/Comedy Flick
JimSthers14 December 2001
This is a great low budget flick, has an atractive cast, lots of male and female nudity, decent special effects, funny one-liners, stereotypical characters that are fun to watch: the tough guy, the dumb blond, the foreign chick, the guy who's seen every horror movie out there, the nerd, the guy that worries too much and the not-so bright heroine. This flick is about 7 college students who go to a house in the middle of the woods where they are attacked by a funny looking creature.
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10/10
There's nothing out there but a slimy green thing
Morgus19 September 1998
For a low budget movie, it was quite well done. Outstanding performance by Craig Peck as Mike; who's an avid horror movie goer and had all the best lines in this film. Worth watching for him who seems to be the only smart one in the film
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6/10
Decent enough comedy horror
The_Void21 February 2007
I'm not the biggest fan of horror comedy, but this one adequately takes the clichés of eighties horror and blends them into a fairly funny little flick. It's obvious that the people involved were horror fans themselves, as the film revolves around an all-too typical horror theme. The lead character is Mike; a horror movie buff, who travels up to a lake-side cabin to spend a weekend with six friends. Mike begins to spot signs of danger, but the others dismiss his theories. However, it turns out that he's not wrong and pretty soon the group fall foul of something living out there in the area surrounding the lake-house. The film doesn't really work as a horror film in its own right; obviously the director was more interested in generating laughter than scares. But the self-referential jokes are quite funny, and the film is good at picking out the various horror movie clichés and poking fun at them. Unfortunately, I saw this on a rather poor VHS copy, but apparently there's a better DVD out now. Overall, There is Nothing Out There didn't do as much for me as it evidently did for others, but it makes for a fun viewing and is recommended to fans of horror comedy.
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Pre-dates SCREAM as horror comedy
flinnie7 April 2001
I saw this movie one late night on cinemax, and had to own it. It took me over a year to find it for sale. That's how much I love it. The acting isn't that good, except for PECK, but don't let that stop you. Peck's character tells you the signs and rules of horror movies, way before SCREAM. Couple of classic scenes i.e. cat falling from ceiling, actor swinging on a boom mike, and the classic line "The only thing we know about it is it, like everyone else hates a mouth full of shaving cream!" As horror movie I give it -2 stars, as horror spoof +10.
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Film Both Mocks and Honors B-Movie Horror Cliches
Skeeter7008 December 1998
One of 'Screams' fore-fathers in that it provides a character who has seen tons of horror movies and knows what to expect next! The plot is familiar - students who head out to the woods for a weekend of sex and alcohol are then terrorized by an alien. Yet, the writers definitely did this one up tongue in cheek style. Watch for the classic boom-mic scene. Skeeter gives it 9 for 10!
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10/10
The greatest independent film of all time!!!!!
thedude-917 November 1999
First off, what other movie has a killer alien from space that shoots green rays from its eyes and tries to have sex with the babes, and runs from shaving cream, amazing! But in my opinion what really makes this movie so freaking awesome is Craig Peck who plays mike, a horror movie fan, who just is truly amazing and knows what to do in each step. The girls are hot, the guys are cool, the alien is sick, and the camera work and music are just perfect. But here is my question, Why isn't Craig Peck in more movies?
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3/10
There's Nothing Funny About This
Coventry7 November 2010
Seven friends head out to the summer house of one of their parents, unaware – of course – that the area is currently being terrorized by a bright green amphibious monster. "There's Nothing Out There" is supposedly a horror comedy and a spoof, but personally I can't say I noticed myself laughing a lot. The script, courtesy of debuting director Rolfe Kanefsky, is never really witty and observant but merely dull and derivative. The primary parody element of the film exists of a token guy who points out every possible cliché and stereotype linked to the horror situation they are in. For example, when the group requests some skinny- dipping teenagers to leave their holiday territory, the guy says something like: "What are you doing? They're ideal random murder victims and while they're being killing, we have additional time to get the hell out". Get it? Apparently this works sufficiently enough for most people, as the film has quite a large fan base, but personally I found it quite annoying. Even more annoying than the jokes were the incredibly high amount of hectic POV camera shots and the seven infantile main characters. They bicker the entire time and actually behave like the worst friends ever. They collectively lock up the nerd in the basement for a whole night and it takes them more than a full day to realize another couple has gone missing. The monster looks cheesy and ridiculously fires green rays from his eyes, but its killing rate is infuriatingly low. I also never heard about frogs being sensitive for shaving cream? The only horror moment worth mentioning is the amusing melting sequence. Other than that, "There's Nothing Out There" is pretty stupid and very forgettable.
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4/10
Has the basics of a good horror movie but it's bad.
fibreoptic22 July 2004
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*A Spoiler or two*

'There's Nothing Out There' starts off ok aswell as Mike who seems to know all about horror movies which makes it slightly amusing but that was done better by Jamie Kennedy in Scream. It is all let down by the actual monster who is really the sorriest monster you will ever see in a horror movie. It looks like somebody with a very bad cold has sneezed on the floor and hasn't bothered to wipe it up. A small green fat blob which is a cross between Slimer from Ghostbusters, a critter from Critters and a piece of clay. It actually does rip a bit of the story from critters. I think the guys behind this should have stuck a maniac with an axe in this instead of a bad looking midget monster. It is occasionally funny and does poke fun at the horror genre but it is pretty bad. Worth watching for the cliches alone, not much else though. 4/10.
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4/10
Cheesy slasher spoof released by Troma
Leofwine_draca24 March 2017
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THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE! is a fun and cheesy low rent slasher spoof with a deliberately retro 1980s feel. It's about a bunch of teenagers who head out into the woods for some fun, including pool partying and skinny dipping, only to find themselves assailed by a mildly cute little puppet monster that plans to kill them all.

This is obviously a copy of the Friday the 13th film series and its ilk but for a Troma film it isn't so bad. The acting is deliberately over the top and cheesy and the effects are poor, although there is one stand-out gore scene involving a guy having his face melted off which is surprisingly good. It's not the worst film ever and it's okay if you're in the right silly mood.
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7/10
Actually pretty funny
coleyemde18 August 2019
This movie is worth watching for the one actor alone who swears there's something out there. He's freaking hilarious.
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7/10
For a low budget horror comedy b film it's awesome!
atomik-concia15 August 2019
Ok so the special effects are majorly hokey, but what made the film great was all the nods to all the horror movie aficionados out there, that still stand almost 30 years later. Especially the opening scene in the video store... with all the shots of now classic horror movie posters AND vhs tapes. Plus the character Mike made me laugh and smile the whole way through. And the end... well that was just priceless. All in all it was a fun watch that I can definitely see myself watching again and recommending to fellow horror fans and friends.
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6/10
Knowingly silly horror spoof
gridoon201923 June 2019
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"There's Nothing Out There" is not the greatest horror comedy ever made, but it's a more than acceptable writing / directing debut for 21-year-old (!!) Rolfe Kanefsky: his passion for the genre comes across (he has continued to work steadily since 1990, which is no small accomplishment in itself, even if none of his films have exactly set the box office on fire). The film delivers the slime, the schlock, the breasts and the "meta" jokes ("It's like we're in a movie...") that those who choose to see it came for. Luckily, the hottest girl in the movie survives, and spends nearly the entire second half in an extremely fetching bikini, while the monster's POV camera shots are also pretty cool. It's all likably and knowingly silly. **1/2 out of 4.
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Cabin in the Woods
sol-20 October 2017
Planning to spend spring break at an isolated cabin in the woods, a group of teenagers suffer grim fates here when they fail to heed the advice of their movie buff friend who recognises the "warning signs" from the countless horror films he has seen. Although nowhere near as well-known, 'There's Nothing Out There' is a curious precursor to the 'Scream' franchise and 'The Cabin in the Woods' with its self-aware approach - and there many amusing moments as the horror buff exclaims "those kids were born to be murder victims" and as he makes side comments like "here's mistake number one". The single best line though has him pausing to think before stating "it's a distinct possibility" when asked if he believes that he is in a horror movie. The fun is not just limited to the dialogue though; there is a zany bit in which a teenager uses a visible boom mike (!) to jump across a room, plus the monster point-of-view shots are highly effective. Unlike 'Scream' though, 'There's Nothing Out There' is never particularly unsettling or scary. The monster always looks fake and hardly menacing and should have remained unseen on camera more often. The elaborate scheme concocted to defeat it is a tad silly too. The film concludes though with a hilarious final line and for a movie made on such a noticeably low budget, it is a notable effort.
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