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Paintball - A Movie That Somebody Just Had to Make

By March 26, 2009

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A movie about paintball for the big screen? It could work. Just probably not as a low-budget, B-level, Spanish-import, horror movie. Look forward to it sometime in 2009.

Rather than trying to create a story that deals with the sport of paintball, Daniel Benmayor (director) and Mario Schoendorff (writer) have created a horror movie that apparently deals with paintball. The basic plot is that a group of strangers come together for a weekend of paintball, but rather than playing with paint, someone is shooting real guns.

The whole idea of integrating the sport of paintball seems to just be an excuse to get a bunch of people out in the woods where they can't call for help. I can almost hear the Jaws theme now.

When you look at production pictures ("fotogramas" at the bottom of the page) you do see some interesting paintball gear setups, though they also only wear goggles over their eyes (obviously because of the difficulty in showing emotion through a real paintball mask). I'm hopeful that some positive aspects of the sport will be shown, but I have serious doubts.

I don't know whether the movie will ever be widely released, but just the title does raise some interesting questions. What would it take to actually make an interesting movie about paintball that would accurately reflect the sport? Could such a movie ever be made and distributed by a major studio? What kind of a story would interest the non-paintball crowd? If you have any ideas, please share them. While the movie Paintball might be much better than it sounds, it's unlikely to become the new face of the sport in the mainstream media.

Comments

July 12, 2009 at 9:52 am
(1) Aaron says:

This would be terrible for the sport, just what we need is for people to think they can get shot with real guns…Here’s what I think for a movie, have it where it’s an afterthought in a teen movie where the popular kids play speedball(a fast paced form of paintball for those who don’t know). That way it makes paintball seem like something cool to do.

April 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm
(2) Alex says:

for a paintball movie to be made, it would be about as easy as making a snowboarding movie. it would either have to be a documentary into the lives of paintball players (much like the Planet Eclipse “Emortals” films) or have it be a side tangent in a comedy movie that the movie sloppily revolves around

March 20, 2011 at 10:59 pm
(3) barb says:

i did see this movie. Even though it is a B movie it actually was pretty good. I think the best way to get paintball to the big screen is to be in the movie somehow maybe not about it. I’d say maybe Bruce Willis in a Die Hard type movie and when he is not at work they all practice the sharpshooting by playing a hardcore game of paintball.

April 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm
(4) Steve says:

The premise of those annoying Delta force paintballer wannabee’s going against a real soldier was intriguing. Who wouldn’t want to see these 20 something fake soldiers getting picked off one by one? However, if you remove the f*** word from the script the movie would lose 90% of its middle school dialogue. As the people that watched it with me said “there’s 90 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back”. Worst movie I’ve ever seen.

May 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm
(5) Griff says:

Wow I saw the trailer I am about to buy a paintball gun let me tell you I will not play if I see that movie. By the way the makers turned a good sport into a horror movie you can’t do that.

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