Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, has added writer/director Nico Mastorakis’ 1986 indie cult thriller, The Zero Boys, to its Apr. 26 release calendar.
This newly prepared 2K restoration (supervised and approved by filmmaker Nico Mastorakis) finally does justice to this clever spin on writer Richard Connell’s iconic 1924 short story, “The Most Dangerous Game.”
The Zero Boys went the direct-to-video route on VHS (through a long-forgotten label) for its initial release and then had a couple of less than stellar DVD releases (if you remember Simitar Entertainment then you have a pretty good idea of just how bad something can be on DVD), but now Arrow Video comes through with an edition that genre fans can finally enjoy in all of its glory.
Basically you have a victim pool, which is common to many horror-themed film releases, that serves as the backbone to this story. In this case it is a team of paint ball players — Steve (Daniel Hirsch — My Chauffeur, Night Visitors), Larry (Tom Shell — Surf Nazis Must Die, Terminal Force) and Rip (Jared Moses) — and the appropriate knockout girlfriends … yes, that includes Night of the Comet’s Kelli Maroney.
After a big paint ball contest, which serves to foreshadow their “combat” skills, the victim pool heads out to a secluded spot (actually filmed in the foothills around Los Angeles) to celebrate (you know what that means). It is on this sojourn that they discover a remote cabin and a cache of dead bodies, which leads to the realization that they are being hunted … and not all will survive the night!
Bonus features include a trio newly-minted video sessions featuring filmmaker Nico Mastorakis, Kelli Maroney and Nicole Rio (Sue) a commentary track featuring Mastorakis and Shock Till You Drop’s Chris Alexander and a gallery of stills.