Donner Pass R

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Among the residents of the suburban communities at the foothills of the Sierras, there's an urban legend that the Donner Party tragedy of 1846 was no accident.

Starring:
Elise Robertson, Russ Russo
Runtime:
1 hour 27 minutes

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Donner Pass

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Genres Horror
Director Elise Robertson
Starring Elise Robertson, Russ Russo
Supporting actors Joel Stoffer, Thomas Kopache, Luca Bovelli, Eric Pierpoint, Colley Bailey, Erik Stocklin, Adelaide Kane, Desiree Hall, Desiray Ortiz, Kevin P. Kearns, Andrew Reyes, Dominic DeVore, Brandon Morales, Antonio Trischitta, Krystal Davis, Travis Greene, John Kassir, Matt Toering
Studio Donner Pass Productions LLC
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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I cannot really figure out what people liked.
John Sibley Williams
The explanation for these events is really drawn out and lacks suspense, to be honest (due to being nothing I haven't already seen before being the main reason).
B. E Jackson
The special effects on what gore was in the movie was well done.
hillbilly carol

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By 1337 on June 20, 2014
Format: DVD
The acting was not always great, I guess it was just generally okay. To me it was also predictable. Didn't like actors too.
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By Carl Manes on February 1, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
History is about to revisit itself on an unfortunate group of teens who make the mistake of partying out in Donner Pass, where the legend of George Donner is not only alive, but hungry! After a gory opening, DONNER PASS introduces us to a an obnoxious group of utterly predictable teen stereotypes, and it is downhill from there. Having learned nothing from SCREAM, these mindless characters break every rule in the Horror handbook and beg for some unstoppable force of nature to put them out of their own misery. Help arrives in the form of history's most notorious cannibal, and once the deaths begin, they are fast, furious, and full of blood. At least the film makers had the sense to play this as a simple, honest Slasher with no pretentious hangups, because neither the film nor the characters contain any depth to them whatsoever. The expected "twist ending" is broadcast from the very first moments that we spend with the teens thanks to a few obvious clues. To its credit, however, the young cast members take on their roles respectfully, and the film is both cleanly shot and nicely edited. The Slasher crowd might find some bloody entertainment here, but otherwise it is safest to heed the film's warning and PASS.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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Format: DVD
Donner Pass is a fun slasher movie with a couple of somewhat new ideas involved.
I again don't like to give too much away but So far this year and last year there were not that many good slasher flicks and I'm always excited to see a new one. I like a good Slasher in the snow flick and this one is pretty cool,No pun intended.
The gore is about an 8 out of 10 and it's done well..

I read some of the reviews and they gave much too much away.
It has some interesting characters and some really annoying ones but it brings out the basic slasher movie roster of teens and 20 somethings..

There was a cool twist and the story was pretty original as well.
I liked it and recommend it to other slasher lovers.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By snclfe on January 23, 2012
Format: DVD
Donner Pass is a great little horror film with a nice amount of reverence for the genre. While not as gonzo as his films can be, I would liken it to a Rob Zombie film where you can sense the excitement and love for the genre in tiny details. The film has a little bit of everything, and although I wouldn't usually consider that a good thing, here it's done so well that it comes together nicely. It starts with a historical perspective of the setting's notorious past. It then jumps to present day and slowly, smartly builds tension subtly revealing more and more things that just aren't right. It then busts wide open delivering a lot of gruesome gore and also delivers a nod to the rape/revenge sub-genre. The end, I don't want to give away but it delivers a smart, unique explanation of what has transpired. Highly recommended.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dana Vincent on April 21, 2012
Format: DVD
Although a couple of folks may be in the minority of people who hated this film, I found it to be just another average entry in the many slasher movies of the genre; not bad, not great. Certainly the acting, directing, editing, and filmwork was presentable, but the overall theme was very typical. The ending did have a twist, but having seen so many of this type of movie, it was not a big surprise to me. Die-hard horror fans will want to see the film once, but try to watch it without getting too critical regarding authenticity or plausibility!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Sibley Williams on April 22, 2014
Format: DVD
I know horror is a very subjective genre. Some prefer slow burns, some gore, some suspense, some paranormal or monsters or slashers. But I'm honestly confused as to the positive reviews of this film. It felt like a freshman year film project. The acting is bland, characters are perfect stereotypes of every cabin-in-the-woods-type film you've ever seen, suspense is totally nonexistent, setting is without even a hint of atmosphere, plot holes larger than my fist. I cannot really figure out what people liked. Even for the b-grade mindless teen slasher genre, this is still painfully subpar. I assume the professor failed the student filmmaker. Unless this isn't a student film, in which case...yikes...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 28, 2014
Format: DVD
Donner Pass (Elise Robertson, 2012)

I've seen any number of reviews of Donner Pass that all seem to center around the same idea: good story hamstrung by bad acting. I'm not convinced this is the case on both counts; at least two of the actors here turned in performances that I quite liked (even if I found one of the characters portrayed an intolerable ass), while there were a number of aspects of the story I found infuriating. That said, the main mystery here is a pretty nice twist on the wild-mountain-man theme, and if you're looking just at that aspect of it and squinting right, okay, I can see where those reviewers are coming from. One way or the other, though, we're all ending up in the same place.

Plot: Thomas (Grey Sheep's Erik Stocklin) is the new kid at an exclusive private boarding school. In an attempt to make friends, he invites some of his classmates for a weekend of skiing at his parents' cabin in the infamous Donner Pass—Mike (Madison County's Colley Bailey, who should refuse to take any more parts in movies with geographical names), Mike's girlfriend Kayley (Best Night Ever's Desiree Hall), and Kayley's friend Nicole (The Purge's Adelaide Kane), an ice queen who hates pretty much everyone except her boyfriend Derek, but who, Mike assures Thomas, is a good person to know if you want to be part of the inner circle at their school. All seems to be going well, at least where skiing is concerned—as they get to the place, a blizzard is on its way in—but eventually, Nicole's boyfriend Derek (The Echo Game's Dominic DeVore) shows up with a couple of similarly drunk lunkheads in tow in the form of A. J. (TV character actor Brandon Morales), A. J.'s girlfriend Valerie (Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!' Krystal Davis), and Brody (This Tunnel South's Antontio Trischitta).
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