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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?

Director:

Elise Robertson

Writers:

R. Scott Adams (story), R. Scott Adams | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elise Robertson ... Dead Mother
Russ Russo ... Jed
Joel Stoffer ... Robert
Thomas Kopache ... Reed
Luca Bovelli Luca Bovelli ... Boy
Eric Pierpoint ... George Donner
Colley Bailey ... Mike
Erik Stocklin ... Thomas
Adelaide Kane ... Nicole
Desiree Hall ... Kayley
Desiray Ortiz Desiray Ortiz ... Waitress
Kevin P. Kearns ... Carter (as Kevin Kearns)
Andrew Reyes Andrew Reyes ... Gullible SUV driver
Dominic DeVore ... Derek
Brandon Morales ... 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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Genres:

Horror

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2012 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Cannibal Rising See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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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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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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Cold Heart Blues
written by Annie Neeley & David Kirkpatrick
performed by Annie Neeley
courtesy of Annie Neeley and David Kirkpatrick
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26 August 2013 | by gavin6942See 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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