No two genres have I appreciated more than the action and horror genres. These two were mixed together beautifully in 1988's Maniac Cop, and the Zero Boys is almost as good. It begins with a paintball shootout between the Zero Boys and a different group. It's chock-full of 80s cheesy goodness, and brings to mind one of the Rambo movies (there's even a picture of Rambo in it, so at least it recognizes where it comes from). Afterwards, they head off to the woods for a victory celebration. Here's where the horror comes in. The cheesiness disappears and is replaced by a rather creepy atmosphere filled with fog and deranged backwoods hillbillies standing in silhouette holding some sort of menacing object (a knife, machete, and even a crossbow). Without the atmosphere, The Zero Boys wouldn't scare at all. However, it manages to be a very effective and eerie slasher. The body count is really low, there's no gore to write home about, and no nudity, so people who are expecting the next Friday the 13th are in for a shock. However, if the thought of Joe Estevez playing a backwoods killer intrigues you, by all means check it out. If you enjoyed ALL the Rambos (yes, even III), you'll like it. If you thought the plot of Deliverance was great but felt it needed more action, this si definitely your movie. The acting holds up surprisingly well for a movie of its caliber, and I don't care who disagrees with me. The ending leaves room for a sequel (I get chills at the thought of a follow-up), but since their never was one, I wish it had some closure. If you're at your local used books and movie store and spot a DVD of The Zero Boys, don't hesitate to buy it. Both DVD versions of it are now OOP and are reaching some high prices on the internet. One thing I should mention is that I dislike the covers for all the releases of this. Every single one of them make it look like a straight action movie, when a majority of it is slasher goodness. Don't be misled, just watch it!