A Scary Hollywood Rip-Off

In 1989, Rolfe Kanefsky, who was then 19 years old, cobbled together $100,000 to make his dream film. That’s how the first self-aware, meta-textual horror film was born. Then, five years after Kanefsky’s film “There’s Nothing Out There” tanked at the box office, Wes Craven would make millions on a very, very similar film… called “Scream.”

“Copycat” was directed by Charles Lyne. It is part of The Atlantic Selects, an online showcase of short documentaries from independent creators, curated by The Atlantic.