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Sure, the idea of a “Paintball” horror movie is not particularly, well, horrific. But don’t look at it as a horror movie, because this is more of a slasher, where a killer stalks a group of strangers who think they are on a weekend paintball retreat, only to find themselves being haunted by a killer with real bullets. Needless to say, this isn’t what they signed up for. Luckily for them, they have paintball guns to fight back with. Those are good against real bullets, right? Uh, not so much. Check out a teaser trailer, extended clip, and stills from “Paintball” below.
A truck rumbles down a potholed track. In the back sit a group of passengers, their eyes blindfolded. They don’t know each other, but they have a lot in common: they’re young, urban workaholics, with an appetite for extreme experiences. They’ve signed up for a weekend of adventure. As they head out into the unknown, they hear the others breathing in the darkness, steadying their pulses in silence as the adrenaline begins to flow The blindfolds come off to reveal in a dense forest. Each player is equipped with supplies to last the weekend, a powerful paintball gun, ammunition, maps and instructions. They have to complete an adventure trail that takes in ravines, caves and obstacle-ridden trekking paths. The group is split into two teams. The winners will be the team that wipes out their opponents and completes the circuit. They wanted adventure? They got it. Deep in the woods, one group is ambushed. Invisible snipers pin them down in a hail of paint then one of their number collapses, writhing in agony. Red blood mixes with the paint. Confusion reigns. Who is shooting at them? In the silence, they stare round at each other, and into the forest, looking for a traitor or some kind of explanation. The rules of the game have changed. The only law is the law of the jungle, and nobody trusts anybody else. Hidden among the trees, camouflaged by leaves and branches, there are deadly traps. Hunted down like prey in a lethal game, the teams face a desperate struggle for survival. There’s nothing like a brush with death to make you feel alive.
Starring Jennifer Matter, Patrick Regis, Brendan Mackey, Iaione Perez, Neil Maskell, Anna Casas, Peter Vives Newey, Claudia Bassols, and Felix Pring. Directed by Daniel Benmayor.
“Paintball” opens July 10 in Spain.
Extended clip via Aullidos.