Macabre...ish Horror Reviews: Paintball


Paintball is about a group of strangers, from all over the world, who gather in a forest to play the game, they’re transported to the location, outfitted and given positions in their team and game rules. They are given a mission, 24 hours to capture 6 flags and warned that they will confront an enemy team. At each flag, they will find a box that contains an object that will help them in the game. 


The game if fun and exciting, just what they hoped for until one of them is shot with real ammo. The game, as it turns out, is an actual fight for survival and these players aren’t ready. This ‘playground’ is filled with real snipers, real traps, more bear traps (this is the 3rd movie!) and real killers plus no escape from the game. All you can do is survive and play your way out. 


This movie doesn’t make you wait for the action but the kills are pretty spread out in the movie. And they do a great job with pivotal moments and how they change our experience of the story. 


This is another shaky cam, point of view movie, plus lots of night vision usage. A lot of the kills are dramatic and imaginative but makes sense to the plot. It’s bloody, graphic and brutal. The effects are good.The actors do a good job portraying what it might look like if this really happened, with confusion, panic, fear and terrible accidental deaths.


When one player stumbles upon the truth of the game, it changes the movie again for us, the viewer and it really gets interesting. Now it’s an even different kind of game and story. I think it changes 4 times. This is a good movie!! It’s not a horror movie (more thriller) unless it happened to you in real life. 


This is a short movie, 89 minutes and is an English movie with English and Spanish subtitles. Released in 2008. 


P.S. the cover and opening music make this movie seem like a bad training video. But don’t let it trick you, this is a great movie! Enjoy, indie movie fans!


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