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Donner Pass (2011)

R  |   |  Horror  |  15 November 2012 (Germany)
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Donner Pass has a well-known and macabre history - the place where George Donner and his party got stuck in the winter of 1846 and were forced to resort to cannibalism to keep from starving. But what if it wasn't just history?

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Dead Mother
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Jed
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Robert
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Reed
Luca Bovelli ...
Boy
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George Donner
Colley Bailey ...
Mike
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Thomas
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Nicole
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Kayley
Desiray Ortiz ...
Waitress
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Carter (as Kevin Kearns)
Andrew Reyes ...
Gullible SUV driver
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Derek
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A.J.
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In 1846, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the area known as Donner Pass, a starving man kills three others to eat their flesh during the winter, but a boy witnesses the murders and flees. In the present days, the teenagers Kayley, her boyfriend Mike, her cousin Nicole and the outcast Thomas travel to the house in Donner Pass of Thomas's parents that are in Europe. Thomas recommends his friends to be careful with the house since his parents do not know that they are spending the weekend there. They learn that the police are hunting down the criminal James Michael Epstein. Out of the blue, the troublemaker boyfriend of Nicole, Derek, comes with his friends Brody, Valerie and A.J. in his SUV to stay with Nicole, despite the protests of Thomas. Soon their beer runs out and Brody drives the SUV to buy some more in the town. Brody goes missing and soon Mike, Kayley and Thomes find his body eaten. Meanwhile Valerie is murdered near the house and the car has flat tires. Who might be the ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for bloody horror violence, language, a sexual assault, nudity and teen drinking | See all certifications »

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15 November 2012 (Germany)  »

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Cannibal Rising  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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At around 20 minutes into the film, Nichole is accused of texting her boyfriend as the group of friends has received the final instructions to get to Thomas's house. And yet, later none of the cell phones have "bars" or reception to call for help. See more »

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26 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Donner Pass has a well-known and macabre history -- the place where George Donner and his party got stuck in the winter of 1846 and were forced to resort to cannibalism to keep from starving. But what if it was not just history?

This is your standard young people alone in a secluded area type of horror film. There is some attempt to connect it to the legendary Donner Party, but it is done in such a way as to seem gratuitous and really outside the overall tone and thrust of he film.

If someone were to make a film inspired by the story or actually set at the time, I think it could work well. "Ravenous" was a great film, for example. This one, though, is nothing special.


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