There's Nothing out There
is a 1991 horror movie parody. The film was written and directed by Rolfe Kanefsky, who wrote it when he was 18 and directed it when he was 20.
It's spring break. Seven teenagers go to a cabin by a pond in the woods for the weekend:
- Nick: Whose family's summer home is the scene for most of the film
- Stacy: Nick's girlfriend
- Jim: A friend
- Doreen: Jim's girlfriend
- Dave: The bespectacled one
- Janet: Dave's foreign girlfriend
- Mike: the one without a girlfriend, who loves Horror Films
On the way to the cabin, Mike sees a car on its side and overhears that a girl is missing and assumes they are driving right into a horror movie. Everyone else scoffs at the notion and they continue the trip, despite Mike's vocal reservations
. As the plot progresses there is lots of Lampshade Hanging
about horror tropes. It is kind of like Scream
only predating it by five years and with a very meager budget.
The film is available to watch on YouTube here
Tropes in this film:
- Artistic License - Physics: In the fight scenes some characters get knocked in directions they weren't hit in and some light taps send them flying. This is more due to the editing, really, than Fight Scene Failure.
- Aside Glance: By Mike after Stacy asks him if they're in some sort of movie.
- Back from the Dead: Turns out Sally survived the beginning of the movie.
- Backstory: Averted, mostly. The only backstory we have is the characters are all friends, Mike and Nick have known each other a long time, and Nick spent most of his childhood summers at the cabin.
- Behind the Black: Where the cat fell from.