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There's Nothing Out There (1990)

Cast: Craig Peck, Wendy Bednarz, Mark Collver, more...
Director: Rolfe Kanefsky
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Horror, Killer Critters
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
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This ultra-low-budget horror comedy, released directly to home video, distinguishes itself from its less amusing slasher kin by positioning tongue firmly in cheek and toying with the established conventions of the horror genre -- a device which would later be employed by Wes Craven in the 1996 blockbuster Scream, albeit with Hollywood financial muscle and big-name stars. The premise involves the usual group of obnoxious teens, who spend a weekend at an isolated mountain cabin despite local legends that a hideous monster is lurking in the surrounding woods. As the inevitable bloodbath begins, the group's only salvation comes from a zealous horror-movie buff, who attempts to teach the rapidly dwindling group the proper survival skills by describing the usual fatal errors committed by the average horror victim. Sadly, his directives are heeded too late, as more bad actors become fatally entwined in the seldom-seen monster's rubbery tentacles. Whether or not Craven or Scream writer Kevin Williamson had seen or heard of this film prior to their neo-slasher epic, the jokey excesses of this zero-budget exercise create the impression of a mere throwaway gag, instead of using macabre irony as the engine that drives the plot. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

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Something for everyone...and a mouthful of shaving cream! by kicza November 2, 2003 - 9:26 AM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful

There's nothing out there is a very tongue in cheek "horror" film. Filmed in 1990 and being unrated this film was not seen by a mainstream audience when it premiered. This is a shame because they created the film formula that was later stolen by the Scream Series.

A group of teenagers go away for spring break to a House by a Pond...not a Cabin by a Lake. Once arriving our Hero, or at least the guy who you know won't die in the movie gets a bit freaked out. He is seeing all of the horror movies he has watched in the past (Everything on TAPE!) playing out before him. Naked teens having sex, Going out in the dark to get wood near the forest, Going for a walk in the woods, or even worse, BEING LEFT ALONE!

All of the classic gags are here including a play directly to the camera once in a while. As it is an unrated film you will see a lot of topless girls and even some shots of both male and female butt. As an early teen exploitation film this is to be expected but I still feel it detracts from the story itself.

The monster in the film is even done so wonderful low budget that you cant help but laughing at it and then rooting for it to take out the B to C grade actors. One of my top 5 B movies of all time! Makes you very happy that film didn't stay in the early 90s.

Just remember that it, like everything else in this world hates a mouth full of shaving cream.

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