Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 30th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1992
Director: Rolfe Kanefsky
Writer: Rolfe Kanefsky
Cast: Craig Peck, Wendy Bednarz, Mark Collver, Bonnie Bowers, John Carhart III, Claudia Flores, Jeff Dachis, Lisa Grant
DVD Released: January 11th, 2011
Approximate Running Time: 91 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: Troma Team Video
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $14.95
Synopsis: Seven friends looking to let loose. Spend their spring break at a cabin by the lake. What should have been a relaxing weekend of debauchery. Ends up being a grueling cat and mouse game of survival.
Over the years the horror film genre has seen many ups and downs. And yet it is arguably the most resilient film genre. By the late 1980’s even though the genre had seen better days. There were a handful of films that flew under the radar. That have since found the audience that had original alluded them. Case in point Rolfe Kanefsky’s There’s Nothing Out There.
Sure the generic plot is populated with cliched characters. That have been in countless other horror films and in most instances pulled off more convincingly. Then they are in There’s Nothing Out There. Let’s not forget the crudely special effects. Which now more than ever look dated. And yet despite these shortcomings or maybe because of them. The end result is far from your a typical horror film. The one area in which this film stands out from its contemporaries is its offbeat humor. Which approaches the story at hand in a satirical way. Long before films like Scream made it more fashionable to be self referential. There’s Nothing Out There was doing so and very effectively. In fact there is a character in the film named Mike, who uses his knowledge of horror cinema to explain what is happening. Without giving away too much. Let’s just say that the killer, who is stalking Mike and his friends. Is unlike anything that you have ever seen or hope to ever see again. Another are where this film works really well is the POV shots of the killer as it stalks its victims. The kills scenes are equally inventive and at times unusual.
Troma presents There’s Nothing Out There in a anamorphic widescreen that retains the film’s original aspect ratio. This transfer looks very good, colors and flesh tones look accurate. Black levels are look consistent and details look crisp throughout. There are no problems with compression and the image remains stable throughout. Overall the transfer for this release on par with the transfer used for Image Entertainments 2001 DVD release.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. There are no problems with distortion, dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release are spread over two discs. Extras on disc one include two introductions to the film, one with writer / director Rolfe Kanefsky and the other with Lloyd Kaufman, a trailer for the film with optional commentary with Rolfe Kanefsky (2 minutes 16 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a lengthy one on one interview with Rolfe Kanefsky (35 minutes 56 seconds – 4:3 Full Frame). Other extras include two audio commentaries. The first audio commentary is with Rolfe Kanefsky, Victor Kanefsky, Craig Peck, Mark Collver, John Kim, Gene Masse, while the second audio commentary is with Rolfe Kanefsky. The remaining extras on disc one include trailers for other Troma films also available on DVD, a segment about hermaphrodites titled ‘PSA’, another unrelated segment tiled ‘Radiation March’ and one more unrelated clip titled ‘Troma T & A’.
Extras on disc two include a music video with a brief intro with Rolfe Kanefsky (5 minutes 15 seconds – 4:3 full frame) and behind the scenes themed segments ‘Screen Tests Original Cast Auditions’ with optional commentary with Rolfe Kanefsky (11 minutes 59 seconds – 4:3 full frame), ‘Pre-Production Footage & Storyboards’ with optional commentary with Rolfe Kanefsky (7 minutes 11 seconds – 4:3 full frame), ‘Rehearsal Footage & Bloopers’ with optional commentary with Rolfe Kanefsky (10 minutes 38 seconds – 4:3 full frame), ‘Animated Test Footage & Deleted Shots’ with optional commentary with Rolfe Kanefsky (3 minutes 26 seconds – 4:3 full frame) and ‘Production Still Gallery’ with optional commentary with Rolfe Kanefsky (4 minutes 17 seconds – 4:3 full frame). Two short films also directed by Rolfe Kanefsky, ‘Just Listen’ with a brief intro with Rolfe (14 minutes 37 seconds – 4:3 full frame) and ‘Mood Boobs’ with a brief intro with Rolfe (19 minutes 37 seconds – 4:3 full frame). Rounding out the extras on disc two is a behind the scenes segment for the short film Moon Boobs (16 minutes 8 seconds – 4:3 full frame). There is a wealth of extra content included with this release. With best extra is the audio commentary with Rolfe Kanefsky, Victor Kanefsky, Craig Peck, Mark Collver, John Kim, Gene Masse. Overall There’s Nothing Out There gets a first rate DVD release from Troma.