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Rites of Passage -- An anthropology student invites his classmates and professor to his family's abandoned ranch--once a sacred Chumash burial ground--to recreate an ancient ceremony.
Rites of Passage -- Nathan, an anthropology student, invites a few of his classmates and their professor to his family’s abandoned ranch -- once a sacred Chumash burial ground -- to recreate an ancient ceremony. There they meet Nathan's psychotic older brother Benny and drug fueled Delgado. The students then embark on a rite of passage that no one will ever forget.
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An anthropology student invites his classmates and professor to his family's abandoned ranch, once a sacred Chumash burial ground, to recreate an ancient ceremony. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Wes Bentley ... Benny

Kate Maberly ... Dani

Ryan Donowho ... Nathan

Travis Van Winkle ... Hart

Briana Evigan ... Penelope

Christian Slater ... Delgado

Stephen Dorff ... Professor Nash

Carly Schroeder ... Carly

Ashley Hinshaw ... Sandee

Guy Burnet ... Mojo

Daniel Cudmore ... Moose
Angelic Zambrana ... Squirrel

Sharon Hinnendael ... Roxanne

Mercedes Leggett ... Jaci

Nicholas Leiting ... Jaci's Boyfriend
Alexi Yulish ... Nick

Mylo Ironbear ... Chumash Shaman
Joseph Billingiere ... Cumash With Torch

Joseph Runningfox ... Chumash Elder
Jennifer Bobiwash ... Chumash Woman

Cristina Mendoza Lopez ... Chumash Woman
Rita Rangel Monahan ... Cumash Woman
Anastasia Patchick ... Cumash Woman

Naydah Vasquez ... Chumash Woman

Chuy Garcia ... Chumash Man
John Saint John ... Cumash Man
Andres Salazar ... Chumash Man
Alex Najar ... Cumash Boy
James Neary ... Cumash Boy
Andy Garza ... Spanish Soldier
Ralph Lopez ... Spanish Soldier
Nick Fouquet ... Frat Boy
Richard Johnson ... Police Officer
Cal Oshi ... Police Officer
Mark Madnick ... Detective
C.J. Boyer ... Paramedic (as Clayton CJ Boyer)
Greg Cooper ... Paramedic
William D. Johnson ... Paramedic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Krissy Terry ... Chumash Indian Woman (as Kristen Terry)

Directed by
W. Peter Iliff 
Writing credits
W. Peter Iliff (screenplay)

W. Peter Iliff (story) &
Rick Halsey (story)

Produced by
Andre Canaparo .... co-producer
Mark Canton .... producer
Jerry Chamales .... executive producer (as Gerald Chamales)
Doug Econn .... executive producer (as Douglas Econn)
Rick Halsey .... executive producer
David Hopwood .... producer
William D. Johnson .... producer
Brett Kerr .... line producer
Scott Metcalfe .... executive producer
Alfred S. Newman .... co-executive producer (as Al Newman)
Jonathan Sachar .... producer
Original Music by
Elia Cmiral 
Cinematography by
Alex Nepomniaschy 
Film Editing by
Glenn Garland 
Casting by
Shannon Makhanian 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Lombardi  (as Jeffrey Givens)
Art Direction by
Nicholas Leiting 
Costume Design by
Laura Galli 
Makeup Department
Stephanie Bravo .... makeup department head
Allison Compton .... assistant makeup artist
Kara O'Toole .... assistant makeup artist
Genie Skemp .... assistant makeup artist
Kaitlin Vidak .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Scott Metcalfe .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ty Arnold .... second assistant director
Brent Clark .... second second assistant director
Scott Metcalfe .... first assistant director
Aaron Wohlberg .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sarah Bess .... scenic painter
Anthony Cafaro .... leadman
Peter Dang .... property master
Robert Mitchell .... assistant property master
Sven Tusak .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Mark Amicucci .... adr recordist
Ian Cruickshank .... sound intern
Nash Cubero Jr. .... foley editor
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Matthew Gionet .... dialogue editor
Cat Gray .... boom operator
Chad J. Hughes .... sound effects editor
Steven Iba .... adr mixer
Steven Iba .... sound effects editor
Richard Kitting .... sound re-recording mixer
Ben Lazarus .... sound mixer: second unit
Bobby Martinez .... foley mixer
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Norwick .... sound editor
Steve Papagiannis .... sound effects editor
Vince Renaud .... dialogue editor
Roger J. Sacdalan .... assistant sound editor
David Schneiderman .... sound mixer
David Staricha .... sound editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Mike Tristano .... armorer: Mr. Slater
Visual Effects by
Aaron McLane .... visual effects
Alina Andrei .... stunt double: Briana Evigan
Kevin Derr .... stunt double
Tom Elliott .... stunt coordinator
Kanan Hooker .... stunt double
Mike Smith .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Aldana .... digital manager
Joseph Arena .... director of photography: second unit
Matt Bobbitt .... grip
Graham Bremner .... gaffer: second unit
Jason Brewer .... electrician
Rowan Byers .... grip
Jimmy Callian .... still photographer
Sergio De Luca .... steadicam operator
Cooper Donaldson .... gaffer
Alexandre Dumas .... electrician
Tom Funk .... first assistant camera "b" camera
David Graves .... electrician
Zach Harrison .... grip
Win Jones .... electrician
Justin Lostutter .... best boy grip
John Paul Meyer .... first assistant camera "a" camera
Michael Noetzel .... electrician
Gregory Pickard .... best boy electric
Craig Riley Jr. .... dolly grip
Craig Steven Riley .... key grip
Francesco Sauta .... first assistant camera: steadicam
Nito Serna .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Shermagne Umali .... lighting technician
Michael A. Viera III .... electrician (as Michael Viera III)
Gavin White .... additional second assistant camera
Ryan Wilmott .... gaffer
Mark Young .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mark Young .... second unit cinematographer
Casting Department
Mylo Ironbear .... native casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Boitano .... key costumer
Kym Fregoso .... wardrobe
Amber Tatum .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Doug Delaney .... digital intermediate colorist
Stewart McAlpine .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Nick Baxter .... scoring mixer
Sean Fernald .... music supervisor
John Samuel Hanson .... score programmer: synth and percussion
Eric Jasper .... score coordinator
Transportation Department
Hector M. Gonzalez .... transportation captain (as Hector Gonzales)
Rick Lovoy .... driver
Other crew
Ingrid Alexander .... production accountant
Nicole Andersen .... production coordinator
Xander Bailey .... adr loop group
Christina Bolanos .... production intern
C.J. Boyer .... set medic
Greg Cooper .... medic
Beth Dewey .... main title producer
Bill Grotheer .... production assistant
Jake Hartline .... production assistant
Janeen Hovnanian .... production assistant
Dave Lugo .... production assistant
Shane Meredith .... production assistant
Abbie Nissenson .... key set production assistant
Steve O'Rourke .... production assistant
Chris Riel .... assistant production coordinator
Matt Schwartz .... production assistant
Allison Stubbmann .... intern
Suzanne Waite .... script supervisor

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Rated R for drug and alcohol abuse, violence, some strong sexual content and pervasive language
103 min

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This film making adventure started more than 35 years ago when Peter Iliff and Rick Halsey attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. Iliff went on to become an extremely talented screenwriter (Point Break, Patriot Games) and Halsey spread his passion for the natural world as a biology teacher/writer. Every once and awhile, the two pals would drive up to Santa Barbara and stay at Halsey's land to write. The property has a large number of greenhouses that are slowly falling apart since they were taken out of prodction in 1980s. Both always thought the place would provide an excellent set for a movie. Then suddenly, November 2009, the time was right. Iliff and Halsey wrote their story, finished the screenplay, attracted the necessary capital, and rolled into action. By the end of August they were in pre-production. With their assembled cast of remarkably talented actors and dedicated crew, they started filming "Rites of Passage" on October 13. They wrapped November 17, 2010.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Potential wasted with lots of disappointment, 17 July 2013
Author: GL84 from Los Angeles, Ca

Attempting to visit an authentic Indian burial ground for research, a group of students partying away at the site run afoul of a demented killer looking to punish them for a past indiscretion and forcing them to fight him off to get out alive.

This here turned out to be quite a misguided effort, mainly because so much of it really doesn't gel together the way it is. The premise of turning a haunted burial ground into a slasher is quite novel and generates much of the positives toward this, but the fact that the killer is absolutely pathetic, generates no fear or suspense from his physical appearance since he's essentially a homeless person for all intents and purposes and runs around with a shotgun, not a true slasher weapon which relegates all the kills to gunshot wounds or merciless pounding with a foreign object, greatly reducing the gore quotient here that could've saved this. The constant drug use allows for a few freaky hallucinations from time-to-time but the vast majority of the time nothing substantial happens during the trip, rendering it quite curious as to why it was featured as it was and why there was a huge furor from the characters to include it, so overall this has way too many problems. Even more ridiculous is the animated talking sock puppet giving the lead advice, a tactic that tries to make this a comedy but fails miserably as it comes off as incredibly lame more than anything, and it really only has a few isolated individual moments where it approaches watchability to make this enticing.

Rated R: Continuous pervasive drug use, Graphic Language, Graphic Violence and Brief Nudity.

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