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Donner Pass R

(28) IMDb 4.5/10
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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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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)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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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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