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A team of young renovators (DJ Perry, Tommy Lynch, Shawn Rougeron, Dean
Mauro, Nathalie Ben-Kely, Tracilyn Jones, Charlene May, Noel Allison)
decide to spend the night before they start working in the very same hotel
they are going to fix that has been abandoned for 20 years and is said to
be haunted - just for fun, pretty much. Thing is, only a few days ago,
Donald (Anthony Hornus) has been released, a bankrobber who has spent the
last 20 years in prison and who has now secured the help of two cutthroats
(Johnny Dark, Michael Rivers) to search the hotel for the loot his
accomplice has hidden in the hotel back then.
At first, Donald and
company do everything they can do stay out of the hair of the renovators,
but eventually, Donald, who hasn't had a woman for 20 years, stumbles upon
scantily-clad Lisa (Tracilyn Jones) on her own and tries to rape her ...
only to kill her in the process. Our young heroes panic, quite
understandably, but get it together quickly enough to trace down and
capture Donald and friends. Then though they have to realize someone has
locked them in inside the hotel, and there's a mad masked killer on the
loose - and our heroes die like flies.
Things go from bad to worse when
the masked killer is revealed to be Allan (DJ Perry), very much the leader
of the renovators, and he's the insane nephew of Donald, too. So now the
two of them open the hunting season on our heroes and Donald's friends -
one of which (Johnny Dark) turns out to be the very cop who has arrested
Donald all the while back - alike. And before the day is over, the plot
twists and turns quite a few times more ...
Renovations is pretty much your standard slasher. Now it might have a
great many more surprises and twists and turns than your usual genre fare,
but when it comes to the actual narrative buildup and the execution of
suspense scenes, it pretty much follows a standard formula - which is very
much why most of the characters feel like perfect cannon fodder.
not to say Deadly Renovations is a bad movie though, it's solid and
even exciting genre entertainment, plenty of isolated sequences really
kick ass, and at least all the villains are expertly cast. True though,
this film will probably never be regarded as a genre classic (though very
few slashers actually are), but at least during watching it manages to
keep you on the edge of your seat.