COLD FEAR

"Never Take the Shortcut"- George Donner 1847

After a mountain car accident, a Social-Media Influencer embarks on a nightmare journey  to survive starvation, amputation and blizzards before a cannibalistic killer captures her for his dark harvest.

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Story

A young couple, Jacob and Neyeli are on a camping trip in the mountains when the weather begins to turn unseasonably bad. While on their way to a Cabin, Jacob decides to take a short cut through an unmarked road with an open gate.

 

The conditions worsen and Jacob ends up skidding out on a hairpin turn, launching the small car over the edge. The car finally comes to rest in the valley below but the young couple are unconscious.

 

Waking up hours later, they realize that Jacob is pinned inside the wreckage. When Neyeli is finally able to free him, they discover that the ragged metal had, in fact cut an artery and him being pinned kept the wound sealed. They manage to staunch the blood in the nick of time.

 

The struggle to survive and get rescued is real. They spend several nights in the car in white out conditions, subsisting on melted snow and road snacks. Finally there’s a break in the weather, and Neyeli digs herself out and tries to climb to the road. While she’s out there the blizzard kicks up and she gets separated from the car.

 

Meanwhile, back in the world, their friends who were waiting for them, have enlisted the help of the sheriff and park rangers to find the couple. The weather is too bad for an aerial search so, they bide their time by putting up posts on social media and contacting the press.

 

Neyeli finds her way back to the car and Jacob only to be attacked by a hungry Grizzly in the small hours of the morning. Jacob is further injured but survives the encounter. Neyeli brings him back to camp and tries in vain to nurse him back to health.

 

While she is out trying to pull together enough supplies for a tire fire, Jacob succumbs to his wounds and dies. After giving up from despair, Neyeli hears a plane in the distance and it motivates her enough to push through and get a signal fire going.

 

The plane fades and she is unsure if it saw her signal. She is mentally and physically at the end of her rope. She hallucinates that Jacob is still alive and even goes far enough to cut a chunk off of his leg to eat in order to survive. She tries but she can’t do it and succumbs to bitter exhaustion.

 

She wakes in a comfy bed in a warm and inviting cabin. Her rescuer is Ron Woodcock, a local outdoor enthusiast and organic farmer. He nurses her back to health for a week and soon regales her with his odd fascistic philosophy. Once it becomes clear that she is very uncomfortable and would like to leave, he drugs her.

 

She wakes in a basement strapped to a table. Ron is a cannibal and serial killer. She endures several days in a drugged haze as he meticulously removes her appendages. She finally manages to escape and in the ensuing chase through the snow, Ron gets attacked by the same Grizzly bear and Neyeli makes it to the rescue chopper.