Thursday, March 31, 2016

Phil Gets Tromatized: THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE (1991) from Troma Entertainment - March 31, 2016

Starring: Craig Peck, Wendy Bednarz, Mark Collver, Bonnie Bowers, John Carhart III
Written by Rolfe Kanefsky
Cinematography by Ed Hershberger
Edited By Victor Kanefsky
Produced by Victor Kanefsky
Directed by Rolfe Kanefsky
Originally released by Prism Entertainment
Distributed by Troma Entertainment

Greetings and salutations my fellow cinephiles and welcome back to another edition of Phil Gets Tromatized! In case you missed my inaugural entry, with this new series I will be reviewing the good, the bad and the subhumaniod films of America's last great, truly independent film studio: Troma Entertainment. Today's movie is a personal favorite of mine. Originally released back in 1991, the film was picked up for distribution by Troma in 2011. Way ahead of its time, THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE is one of the best indie horror/comedies from the early 90's and has gone on to became modern day cult classic.

The film's official synopsis: Three hot-to-trot couples and one goofy loner travel to an isolated country house for a weekend of debauchery, but soon realize they are not alone in the woods. One of them has seen this scenario before in dozens of horror movies, and he knows what it will take to defend themselves from an alien creature determined to eat the boys and mate with all the girls!

VHS Box Cover (1991)
Director Rolfe Kanefsky was only twenty years old when he made the film back in 1990. Plus, he wrote the script during his senior year in high school. Now back in those days, movies were shot on film and Kanefsky shot his directorial debut on 16mm film stock. His father Victor helped edit and produce the film. The budget was about $350,000 but back in 1990 that was a lot of money. Now that would barely cover craft services these days in Hollywood. What I loved about the movie was the script, which was very funny, clever and unique. It was a horror film with comedy that referenced horror films of the past. Does this sound familiar? Well, it should because five years later legendary director Wes Craven's SCREAM would do the exact same thing. So like mentioned earlier, the movie was way ahead of its time.

The actors and actresses were awesome in the film. Lead actor Craig Peck, who portrayed our horror aficionados Mike, is funny, smart and is a walking encyclopedia of horror movie trivia. He has the best one-liners and is the hero we all would want to be! Bonnie Bowers' character Stacy was in sexy two-piece bikini almost through the whole film and was a total pro! That must have been very difficult to pull off! Ok, the whole cast was freaking amazing! Sorry, I can't play favorites. Seriously, the whole cast made the film what it is!

The movie was released on home video (VHS to us old schoolers) by Prism Entertainment. Years later, Image Entertainment release a special edition DVD version. Then in 2011, our good friends at Troma released an ultra cool two-disc 20th anniversary special edition with all kinds of special features: director commentary, behind-the-scenes footage, still photos, interviews, pre-production footage and trailers. Also, the transfer looks incredible considering how old the film is. Major props to Troma for bringing this film into the 21st century.

THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE is one of the greatest and beloved cult classics of the 1990's. The film still has a large fan base and continues to attract new viewers with each passing year. So if you haven't yet seen this movie, go buy a copy, take it home, get some popcorn and sodas and watch it! You'll be glad you did! 5 out of 5 stars!! Highly recommended!! 

THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE is now available on  DVD. To purchase a copy for yourself, visit your local retailer or visit the Troma website at

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the show!


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