Review: The Zero Boys
Blu-ray: The Zero Boys (1986)
Made in 1986 after he had already shocked and confused movie goers with the likes of Island of Death, writer/director Mastorakis goes full-on 80’s action movie here with a healthy sprinkle of hillbilly horror. Imagine Walter Hill’s Southern Comfort remade by a European exploitation auteur and you have The Zero Boys.
A group of weekend warriors head up to the hills with some girls (specifically 80’s favourite Kelli Maroney) for some R&R only to encounter the local, mad bastard hillbilly’s, who enjoy ruining their weekend while making snuff films in a barn. The Zero Boys themselves are the kind of typical ‘Regan era’ jocks who tackle the goons head on. We are treated to some fun effects, gunplay and excellent use of a tazer! Light on the hardcore gore and nudity (very disappointing for a film from this era) this film could have done with more shocks and violence but don’t let that put you off, seek it out, crack open a few cans and enjoy this lost 80’s gem.
Picture and sound wise, ARROW have remastered The Zero Boys in stunning 4K and 2.0 audio. The film is beautifully presented.
- Brand new 2K restoration of the film, approved by writer-director Nico Mastorakis
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio Commentary with star Kelli Maroney, moderated by Shock Till You Drop’s Chris Alexander
- Nico Mastorakis on… Nico Mastorakis – brand new interview with Mastorakis on the making of The Zero Boys (the director essentially interviews himself, very cool)
- Brand new interview with star Kelli Maroney
- Brand new interview with star Nicole Rio
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Stills Gallery
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver