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THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Rolfe Kanefsky

Starring:
Craig Peck
Wendy Bednarz
Mark Collver

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A group of teens decide to party it out in a cabin out in the woods when a creature of unknown origin decides to want to make a meal out of them.
Is it good movie?
This is a strange film in that while its story and characters are very predictable and you know what's going to happen or who's going to die, it singles out one guy who has watched a lot of movies and seems to think he's in a horror movie. He recognizes a lot of standard horror ploys and routinely stays away from them and warns everyone else, but they're just fodder for this creature, the real star of the show.

The film definitely plays as a horror/comedy and on some levels it works, but most of the time, the humor made me roll my eyes due to the cheesy nature of the dialogue or in the delivery. Twenty years ago (as this is the 20th Anniversary to a film I've never heard of before), this may have been amusing way back in the day, but it just doesn't have the same bite as it might have. The film can be considered to be a fore bearer to self-referential horror films like Scream, but also imagine Scream's main hero as Jamie Kennedy's Randy instead of Neve Campbell's Sidney. It might sound good but it'll play out very quickly, like it did here.

I do have good news for those of you out there who watch horror films just to catch some nudity, cause there's a ton of it here. Every five minutes when my interest began to wane, one of the girls decides to take a shower, have some sex, or just take off their shirt for no reason other than to keep me awake. If Troma is good for something, it's giving their customers exactly what they want to see: young chests.

The gore isn't too bad at times but you don't see many gory attacks during the movie. Sometimes we get some nice bites and even a melting face, sometimes the creature, wants to shoot eye lasers that control people instead. The creature also looks as fake as can be. The filmmakers tried to hide it early on, but when it's shown in its entirety, you can see how silly it really is.

Yes, it has a Troma label on the cover. I should know exactly what I'm getting into but Troma just doesn't do it for me. I know there's a hardcore fanbase of Tromers and Tromettes who dig this stuff, but it just doesn't turn my crank. I'll admit to this being one of the better non-Toxie outings I've enjoyed from Troma, but that's not saying much.
Video / Audio
I have no idea what this film originally looked like twenty years ago, but I can imagine this is as good as it'll look or sound, given how low-budget these Troma movies can be.

It is presented in 1:78:1 widescreen with Dolby digital stereo sound.
The Extras
The movie comes packed with a ton of features. The first disc contains a new introduction by Troma head Lloyd Kaufman who is a king of self-deprecating humor. There's another introduction by the director, Rolfe Kanefsky, who just tells us to stick around and watch the extras. Included on the first disc is the original commentary by Kanefsky for the 10th anniversary of the movie and a new commentary recorded for this edition. I found the original commentary better, more information, but they both show that not only did the director enjoy making the movie, so did a lot of other people. The first disc also contains the trailer with optional commentary and a new interview recorded by Kanefsky himself where he takes a look back at making the film, much of the info may be heard in the newer commentary.

The second disc contains the bulk of the extras which include a behind-the-scene featurette, cast auditions, pre-production footage, production stills, etc. Needless to say, if you dig this movie, you'll love this edition of it!
Last Call
This one is a super low-budget film that may have had more bite back in the day than it does now, but if you think you're the type who likes this kind of movie, pick it up, there just might be something....in there...for you to enjoy.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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