I have no idea why this film is classified as a horror. It’s a slow-paced borderline thriller with a bit of slasher material. It’s ordinary and unoriginal, but still somewhat watchable at least.
The film makers had no intentions of making historically accurate statements regarding the real story of the Donner party. It’s a shame, because true accounts of the incident can readily be found in any library or online. A more comprehensible and effective horror story could have been woven from actual facts. Hear Me, producers? A little homework could have made for a more believable movie.
What we have is a movie based loosely around supposed local legends. The plot is mostly able to be followed, yet bizarre and insensible. Thus, the film staggers about stupidly like an old drunk spouting tall tales.
I did like a few moments of the camera work and set and there’s beautiful scenery at times. It’s unmistakably low-budget, but manages a few nice shots. In large though, the camera work is an amateur production, just shy of shoddy.
There’s sexuality and heavy drinking in this movie, plus partial frontal nudity in one scene, so this is not for young eyes. There is gore, but it’s no where near as disgusting as the gore you’ll find in similar films that have came out recently. It’s more on par with the Nightmare on Elm Street movies.
I am unimpressed, but do NOT feel that the experience was a total waste of time given My original expectations for it.