The New Beverly Cinema will be featuring a rare 35mm screening of There’s Nothing Out There for their next Midnight Movie. Produced in 1989, the film has been called a precursor to Scream with teens being terrorized and one of them knowing all the “rules” to horror.
The screening will be held on May 26.
The New Beverly Cinema hosts a recurring Midnight Movie that’s become a favorite of genre fans. The theater is located at 7165 West Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA one block west of La Brea. The screening of There’s Nothing Out There will be hosted by Brian Collins. Check out the trailer below. For more info, visit The New Beverly Cinema website or the There’s Nothing Out There website.
From the Press Release
It’s been called “the little film that could”. It’s been called “The film that inspired Scream. It’s also been called “the film that invented meta-horror”.
There’s Nothing Out There, the low-budget independent film was directed by 20-year old filmmaker Rolfe Kanefsky, who drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs described as having “invented the self-referential horror flick with There’s Nothing Out There.” Produced in 1989 on a budget of $125,000 told the traditional horror story of a group of high school kids who go to a cabin in the woods for spring break only to be terrorized by a 1950’s style alien creature. However one of the kids has been every horror film and knows the warning signs and rules of the genre.
When the film was theatrically released in 1992, Kevin Thomas of the L.A. Times called the film “Fast, funny, and a fine calling card for Hollywood. There’s Nothing Out There is a winner!” Janet Maslin of the New York Times said, “Mr. Kanefsky does show energy and promise. It’s easy to be well-disposed towards a horror film in which the answer to a question like “Where’s Jim?” is, “Jim’s in the other room, melting.” Variety said, “Very funny- A tongue and cheeky thriller”. Hollywood Reporter responded with “It’s a lot of fun. The potential to become a cult hit in there.”
Audiences and critics agreed that Nothing was indeed something. But when it opened in New York in January 1992, it was during one of the worst blizzards in years. When the Laemmle Theaters opened the film as a midnight showing in Santa Monica in April of 1992, the L.A. Riots stopped everything and the curfew on the city of Los Angeles ended its run.
But the film refused to go away. It played on HBO/Cinemax and hit video, laser and eventually DVD. Then in 1996, Wes Craven made a horror film called Scream. Many believe that Jamie Kennedy’s character of “Randy” was based on the prototype of actor Craig Peck’s character of “Mike” in There’s Nothing Out There.
When Nothing first hit DVD in 2000, the L.A. Weekly gave it the video pick of the week and said, “The film is practically a blueprint from the Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson franchise, and over the years, the fanbase for Nothing has continued to grow.”
With screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse in Texas last month and the midnight screening at the New Beverly Cinema on May 26th, Nothing has gained such recognition that a 40-minute play was performed on London for a sold out crowd in front of the premiere screening of Cabin in the Woods. The play tells the story of how a writer and director named Rolfe Kanefsky made a little horror comedy called There’s Nothing Out THere that started the genre which audience members playing Kanefsky and Wes Craven.
On May 26th, There’s Nothing Out There will be screening from a 35mm print for the first time in over 20 years. Rolfe Kanefsky and some crew members will be on hand for a Q&A before the film. This is a film that has been underground and is about to break new ground as it celebrates the past!
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