From Uncork’d Entertainment comes the most colourful carnage of 2020, Paintball Massacre on DVD and Digital December 15th, 2020. Written by Chris Regan and directed by Darren Berry, Paintball Massacre takes its prompts from the likes of the 2006 horror comedy, Severance. However, it stands on its own two feet by having a super strong cast who are clearly having a ton of fun.
A cast made up of Katy Brand, Lee Latchford-Evans, Robert Portal, Nicholas Vince, Ian Virgo, Cheryl Burniston, Lockhart Ogilvie, Natasha Killip, Joe Hallett, Nathan Clough, Ryan Winsley, Aoife Smyth, Tony Banham, Brendan Carr, and Paul Holbrook.
That may seem like overkill but almost everyone stands out in their own way and often dies in gleefully gory fashion. Paintballing has never been so deadly!
The plot surrounds a group of old school friends who have arranged a reunion party and paintballing the next day. Anyone who has tried paintball with a hangover can tell you how bad of an idea that is. Especially when not everyone is enjoying the reunion in quite the same way.
Bad memories surface, squabbles break out and forgotten relationships should probably stay forgotten. However, all of that becomes the least of the group’s problems when the game gets serious. There is a new player on the field, one with an array of deadly weapons.
That’s not red paint on you…
Paintball Massacre is a blast. A gory and violent blast. One that aims for the head and hits its mark. Once the killing begins, it enters delightedly amusing territory. Almost every death has a tongue in cheek feel to it which makes the ones that don’t, feel so much darker.
As stated above, the cast are what makes this such an enjoyable horror. Whether they’re bickering about their younger selves’ treatment of each other. Bitching about having to even take part in a paintball session or monologuing before getting blown up by a mine, everyone does a stand-up job. There are many moments where a bit of dialogue or a reaction to the insane events taking place will get a chuckle or two.
As well as having solid cinematography, the effects are also pretty spot on and it boasts a strong soundtrack that includes the likes of Skindred. It might not be a Christmas-themed horror but this is a must watch this holiday season.
The Final Score - 8/10