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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
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George Donner
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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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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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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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High Ground
written and performed by Orenda Fink
90% Angle Music ASCAP
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Effective slasher adventure
27 July 2013 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

I bought "Donner Pass" (2012) blindly, thinking it was a film about the Donner expedition that resorted to cannibalism to survive the winter of 1846-47 because a pass in NE California was blocked with snow. Well, it starts out that way, but the story soon shifts to the misadventures of a modern-day group of youths who stay at a vacation cabin in the dead of winter where someone or something starts viciously mauling the kids one by one. Ah, this made it more interesting (I really wasn't in the mood to see a depressing tale of Winter survival through cannibalism anyway).

Gorgeous redhead Desiree Hall shines as the female protagonist and there's at least one solid male protagonist as well. One guy -- who's family owns the cabin -- is an awkward misfit; and the good-lookin' brunette he's sort of set-up with disdains him (cutie Adelaide Kane). The social dynamics get real interesting when a second group of uninvited youths join the party and tensions start to flare. I've been in situations just like this and it rings true. Dominic DeVore stands out as one of the bad dudes.

Although I label "Donner Pass" a slasher adventure, it's just as much a monster flick, even if the "monster" turns out to be human, which I'm not saying. So, really, this is just a classic creature feature utilizing the true story of the infamous pass.

I'm giving it a fairly high rating because it's a good modern example of the slasher genre. Everything jells together for an effective horror romp in the California wilderness (shot at Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino National Forest and Monterey Park, California). Another plus is the awesome song played during the opening & end credits -- "High Ground" by Orenda Fink.

The film doesn't overstay its welcome at 90 minutes.

GRADE: B+ or A-


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