Director: Robert H. Gwinn.
Writer: Charles Pisaeno.
Cast: DJ Perry, Terence Knox, Johnny Dark and Lana Wood.
Tagline: “It’s All in the Plans.”
Deadly Renovations was initially titled the simpler Renovations. It has been given a name change, perhaps, to make it sound more dangerous. The film does host a dangerous killer who seeks 2 million dollars of stolen cash from the Hotel del Sol. To release on DVD August 21 through Midnight Releasing, Deadly Renovations is an indie thriller with some adequate tension built during the finale. You will just need to be patient to get there.
The film begins with several friends and a new project. They hope to renovate the Hotel del Sol and flip it for profit. Unfortunately for them, there are a group of thieves working in the darkness. The thieves want to find some hidden money from a bank job gone wrong. But, where is the money? That question is revealed in the ending. In the meantime, the thieves and friends lock horns over who has the right to be there. One man, armed with a hand axe and hell bent on murder, emerges as the victor.
That victor is also an escaped psychiatric patient who is ill tempered. Perhaps his murderous mom turned him into a killer. Whatever the reason, a hooded figure stalks the halls of the Hotel del Sol in search of victims. And that killer is played well by an unnamed actor. You will have to see the film to find out who he/she is.
That mystery is not revealed until late in the film. Writer Charles Pisaeno and director Robert H. Gwinn build the film at an even keel. However, this reviewer did wonder at the 30 minute mark: where is the conflict? The antagonisms come at their own steady pace, and this slow build allows the viewers to become acquainted with characters. Some film fans will like this slower pacing while others will be looking at their watches.
Deadly Renovations is a surprisingly good thriller made for a modest budget. This film will be released shortly through Midnight Releasing and this reviewer would recommend the film to indie thriller fans. As long as you know the pitfalls of indie filmmaking, then you will find some charm within this picture. Others, looking for highbrow cinema will most likely be disappointed. This reviewer enjoyed the picture despite the hamperings of a small budget. Others will see the quality here in a money heist picture that offers bloodshed at almost every turn.
Overall: 6.75 out of 10.