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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Cannibal Rising  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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When walking out to the shed, Mike has a Sledge hammer in his hand, yet when he delivered the death blow to Epstein it's a claw hammer, not the sledge hammer he took out. See more »

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Just a Taste
written by Rich McCulley & Heather Waters
performed by Heather Waters
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Donner Pass - To PASS or not to PASS?
20 January 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

It's not a bad movie, really, has some pretty good ideas, yet, somehow, something just doesn't work out too good.

So, you could call it your average "group of friends go to a cabin in the woods and get murdered" story but it would be kinda ignorant cause the movie is a little more than this. The plot brings some new elements or maybe just ones that aren't used as often as others, so, you might like what you see, even be surprised for a change! The death-scenes on the other hand, quite disappointing, i expected a little more, guess they decided not to stick so much on gore/murders/execution but on plot. Usually i would call this a breathe of fresh air although i would be lying cause in a horror like this, i want to see nice kill-shoots. Overall, the action is OK, one could predict it earlier in the movie or might just go with it to the end and discover then what the action is all about.

Characters are OK also, annoying but guess that is how they were suppose to be, dialogue, a little poor, could have used some humor and last but not least a little nudity as always.

So, don't know exactly if to recommend this one or not, as i said, it is NOT a bad movie, don't know if i can call it a GOOD one, guess ultimately it will come down to everyone's personal opinion. Some of you will be entertained and some of you won't. I just expected more of it, had a lot of potential but it limited itself to far less...


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