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Donner Pass (2011)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Dead Mother
George Donner
Colley Bailey ...
Desiray Ortiz ...
Carter (as Kevin Kearns)
Andrew Reyes ...
Gullible SUV driver


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 November 2012 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Cannibal Rising  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


References Kung Fu (1972) See more »


Just a Taste
written by Rich McCulley & Heather Waters
performed by Heather Waters
courtesy of Mighty Like a Rosebud Records
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Such a waste of time.
30 July 2012 | by (Phoenix) – See all my reviews

I had no hopes for this, and it was the right way to go into it. It's your average mind-numbingly uncreative "horror" film full of predictable plot twists and terrible stereotypes. There is not a single scene in this movie which was enjoyable, so I'm glad it's only 90 minutes. I have nothing else to say besides how obvious the ending is, but I just don't feel like spoiling it. The less I think about, the happier I am that I won't have to sit through it again.

PS: There is a topless scene which, you know, as I guy I tolerated, but the 'gore' aspects of the movie were just /awful/. I can't even think of a way to make this better. I just want it to go away.

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