It’s day twenty one of my HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE where I have to see a horror movie a day during the month of October and write a short review for each one.
This time it's another 80s horror, called THE ZERO BOYS. It's must have been a pioneer of the survival horror, with unusually and unsettling for the time snuff movie references and very human villains. The story revolves around a team of young survival game champions, who suddenly find themselves hunted by a group of psychopaths. Are they as good at survival game for real? This time the prize is their lives.
My thirteen year old self would love THE ZERO BOYS, because it is full of booby traps, explosions and some very well executed suspense. But looking at it through the eyes of a modern viewer it is obvious that the characters are badly developed, the acting is weak and behaviour is illogical. It is also hard to like anyone, and the boys who play with guns too much are just asking for the arrow through their heads.
I also did not appreciate the small body count. Come on! It's a horror movie for god's sake. There were more maniacs killed than innocent victims, and this is a sign that something is wrong with the film.
ZERO BOYS is one of the 80's film that would do well as a remake, with a better script and acting it could be a pretty scary movie. As it is, the film is just an interesting example of 80's pulp, that will require a few beers and some friends around you to be truly enjoyed.
SCORE OUT OF 5:
SCARY SCORE: 👻
GORE SCORE: 🗡🗡
FUN SCORE: 🎃🎃🎃