It should have come as no surprise that Kanefsky's film did so well, because was no newbie. Nightmare Man was his 11th feature film directorial effort. His debut film was 1990's There's Nothing Out There.
That film is now set for a special 10th anniversary screening in Los Angeles, at midnight, on May 26, 2012. According to Kanefsky's press release:
"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, (an idea copied by Kevin Williamson's screenplay for Scream several years later.'
"Produced in 1989 on a budget of $125,000, There's Nothing Out There 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.”
Details about the screening at the New Beverly Cinema.