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Image and video hosting by TinyPic Cast: DJ Perry, Johnny Dark, Lana Wood, Terence Knox, Fred Griffith, Anthony Hornus, Tommy Lynch, Shawn Rougeron, Dean Mauro

Director: Robert H. Gwinn

Genre: Suspense/Thriller

Year: 2012

Rating: NR

A fast-paced horror thriller about a group who renovates an abandoned hotel that may contain millions in cash hidden somewhere within. Murder and Mayhem ensue.

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Money from a bank heist gone wrong is hidden somewhere inside an abandon hotel, now Twenty years later a group of friends have purchased the old run-down building in hopes of renovating it and getting a nice profit in return. While this is going on the only living member of the group who stashed the money has just been released from prison. The thieve returns to find the cash with the help of a few men, as they navigate the hotel doing their best to avoid it's new owners a hooded figure appears and the body count begins to rise.

The film gets off to a slow start, it takes it's good old time setting up the basic story which is simply enough but also introducing us to all it's characters which there are quite a few. As the story moves along it becomes a bit more interesting as secrets are told and tensions begin to mount then the suspense and thrills kick in once the man or woman in the hood appears and starts taking people out in all sorts of clever ways which includes the use of a nail-gun. The film is never scary but it does contain a good amount of suspense and mystery. You are forced to guess and wonder who the killer is and what if any reason does this person have for killing these people. It's the mystery, the twists and turns and the ending which you will never see coming that makes the waiting during the slow parts all pay off.

The story is very well-written and Director, Robert H. Gwinn did a great job of keeping the film moving at a nice clip during it's slow times. He also did a great job of slowly building on the suspense and hiding all the surprises till the very end. You can say that "Deadly Renovations" is a character-driven thriller and you would be correct, I fear some out there might become bored with the story before the pay-off and that would be sad so I suggest you stick with it and enjoy the rise because you will be rewarded at the end.

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The cast which includes, DJ Perry, Terence Knox, Lana Wood, Johnny Dark and Fred Griffith all did a great job playing their characters and the abandon building used was the perfect setting for all the events to unfold in. This is not a perfect film, it could of used a little livening up early on but the the climax more than makes up for it all. A clever film with an excellent cast makes this one a solid thriller that is definitely worth checking out. If you're a fan of the genre or just love Independent cinema then I highly recommend picking this up up. You can order the DVD HERE. The DVD comes with Specail Features that include:

Director Commentary

Blooper Reel

Behind the VFX

It was really nice to see a film like this with some character development, you don't get to see that very often, I look forward to seeing what everyone involved has coming out next.

Released by Midnight Releasing

*** 1/2 Out Of *****