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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

great DVD edition

Author: ontheblvd from Los Angeles, CA
8 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


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

A self-referential horror flick that's actually good!

Author: Childofthe80s from House by the Pond
12 December 2001

THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE is quite and original and very funny movie. It mocks many horror film cliches that were so prevalent of the time, in particular low-budget slasher flicks. The story, which starts out in a video store dream sequence, features a cute blonde being chased around by a maniac. The store is obviously managed by a true horror lover. I had fun pointing out the many familiar box covers from back in the day that flashed on screen. Some of the more recognizable ones were THE MUTILATOR, EVIL DEAD, and MIDNIGHT. The 'step' feature on my DVD player allowed me to spot at least a dozen more that I couldn't have seen on video. Anyway, the blonde wakes up and it turns out she fell asleep at the wheel whilst driving down a dark road in the woods. She subsequently crashes and is attacked by a 'thing.' For summer vacation, Nick, invites six of his teen friends (all in their mid-20s, but I suspect it was the director's intention since it is spoofing horror films) to stay at his parent's isolated home in the woods. They want nothing more but to relax, have fun, and engage in a little promiscuous activities, but after a 'warning', Mike, the know-it-all-horror fan (later ripped off in SCREAM as Randy) feels they should high tale their butts on out of there. The others waver it off as nothing, of course. Mike can be excruciatingly annoying at times, with his sarcastic comments and constant bitching, but he was right and his advice goes ignored. One by one they are slowly picked off by, what I best describe as, a radioactive amphibian-like creature with big sharp teeth and tentacles. It leaves a corrosive, sticky green slime wherever it goes, that in, one totally camp bit someone's face is melted off. The monster also has mind control powers, too. What can't he do!? Oh yes, it wants to eat the males and reproduce with the women. Yeah, you heard right. For the most part the acting is fairly good, though that Brazilian bombshell is almost incomprehensible as we can't understand a damn thing she says. She looked nice though, as did the other women. We get to see them in various states of undress which is a plus for any movie in my opinion. Believe me, "THERE'S" does not stint on the nudie scenes; however, the violence is a bit tame and I had hoped for something a little more over-the-top, but I guess you can't have everything. The first attack is pretty savage though. One of the lesser characters is walking through the woods with his Brazilian hottie of a girlfriend only to unexpectedly be torn to bits by our demon frog from hell. She bails and hits smack into a tree, knocking herself out (one of many comic scenes in this movie). The rest of the violence is also very tongue-in-cheek: Said face melting, a silly decapitation. All in all, "THERE'S" is a highly enjoyable 'in the know' horror-comedy. You have a good cast (with minor exceptions), slapstick humor, nudie scenes, and a really cool synth music score. Almost forgot, totally dig the main titles credit sequence. Take into consideration this is before the dawn of computer animation in motion pictures, it's very impressive. See for yourself. The movie, POPCORN, would be a good comanion piece to THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE as they both deal with similar subject matter.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Scream if there's nothing out there

Author: lordzedd-3 from United States
28 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Oh, there's something out there alright (Possible Spoiler)

Author: rlamery-2 from New Hampshire
26 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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Funny, Fast Paced Horror/Comedy Flick

Author: JimSthers from United States
14 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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

* *1/2 out of 4.

Author: Brandon L. Sites ( from USA
11 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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Hilarious; in a good way.

Author: psychonikki from United States
12 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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Off-beat 1990s shocker has roots in 1980s Evil Dead series.

Author: rixrex from United States
9 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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A very funny, witty & on-target low-budget horror spoof

Author: Woodyanders ( from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
12 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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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Has the basics of a good horror movie but it's bad.

Author: fibreoptic from England
22 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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