Arroyo Filmworks announces completion of Donner Pass
June 29, 2011.
Featuring an ensemble cast of talented young actors alongside Hollywood veterans John Kassir (Jack the Giant Killer, Tales from the Crypt) and Eric Pierpoint (Transformers II, Holes), the story follows a group of teenagers who get snowed in near Lake Tahoe — the same spot where the Donner Party became snowbound and was forced to resort to cannibalism 150 years ago.
A legend persists that the Donner Party fell victim to an evil curse, a hunger that remains in those mountains to this day – even that George Donner himself is still out in those woods, still hunting.
For the seven teens, it’s just a scary story to tell around the fire. But when one of the group turns up not only dead, but half-eaten, they must face the possibility that the legend may be true.
Fear takes hold, secrets emerge, and the teens begin to turn on each other. Quickly, a mythical killer becomes the least of their worries. Filmed on location in Big Bear, California and in Los Angeles, with make-up effects by Ralis Khan (The Collector), nothing — and no one — is what it seems in this tightly woven dark thriller. And history doesn’t always stay in the past.
Producer Mouncey Ferguson comments, “We set out to make a movie in the tradition of the great thrillers and classic horror films of the 70s and early 80s — which was part of the reason we opted to shoot on Super-16mm film. What appears early on to be a simple slasher movie unfolds into something more haunting and provocative, an unsettling exploration of man’s inhumanity to man. We hope fans of thrillers and horror will enjoy it, but that it will also appeal to a broader audience.” …