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Donner Pass R

3.4 out of 5 stars (28) IMDb 4.6/10

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:
Desiree Hall, Erik Stocklin
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Director Elise Robertson
Starring Desiree Hall, Erik Stocklin
Supporting actors John Kassir
Studio Donner Pass Productions LLC
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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By K. Jump on July 27, 2015
Format: DVD
Though undeniably cut from the slasher mould, Donner Pass rises above most other films of its type thanks to a serious approach and a fine cast. Based upon the legend of the Donner Party, the film gives us a new explanation for what really happened to those stranded people and how the same fate still stalks others who wander into Donner Pass. Script and direction are extremely well executed, and the relative lack of camp combines with the cold, dark, and isolated environment in which the plot develops to create an atmosphere of genuine suspense. The actors do a fine job all round, especially Desiree Hall as our main character and ultimate Final Girl. Ms. Hall's character is likable without being too good to be true, and so emerges as a real flesh-and-blood character we want to see triumph, even when it appears all hope for her has vanished. The rest of the cast does an admirable job as well, and the script fosters a sense of disaster by creating a group of people who are all consumed by various competing agendas and who are often not very likable. This adds an interesting group dynamic and an extra layer of danger--not only are the characters threatened by the mysterious killer, but by themselves as well. Special effects are very minimal, confined to a few bloody kills, but since the story relies more upon mystery and suspense than gore to generate its scares, the relative lack of visceral visual FX is hardly anything to complain about. Donner Pass may be a low-budget slasher movie, but it also proves that even within those confines it is possible to make a quality production. Worth at least a rental by any horror fan looking for an interesting twist on a familiar genre.
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Format: Amazon 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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This DVD came in & was in excellent condition upon arrival. Being a truck driver (an educated truck driver) for some years now, I know of some of the actual stories concerning Donner Pass in California as that had some impact on the purchase of this DVD. It could have been slightly better movie as I only rated it with 4 stars instead of 5.
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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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