The 1986 slasher Killer Workout (aka Aerobi-cide) might be the best health club horror films this side of Death Spa. By this I mean that it is terrible and also wonderful.
The movie opens with a woman entering a tanning bed, which malfunctions and starts on fire with her inside. We don't know who she is or where she is or why she needs this tan. We only know that she is extra crispy. Jump forward a few years: business is booming at Rhonda's health club, as evidenced by the many long and gratuitous montages of women doing aerobics. But now a killer is cutting into business by cutting into the customers! Someone is committing aerobicide!
Everything about the movie feels cheap, from the mostly single-location setting to the gore effects (to be fair, there is one burn makeup that, while poorly executed, is something I've never seen in a movie before) to the amateurish performances. The mise-en-scène has all the polish and artistry of a porn film, and about as many scares, too. It's horror movie junk food at its most unhealthy. Some of us eat that stuff up. What are we gonna do -- live forever?
While Killer Workout lacks the true lunatic stupidity of a Death Spa, it's efficient enough at being what it is to make it an enjoyable way to spend 80 minutes as long as you know what you're in for. Just because a movie's no good doesn't mean it can't be kind of great.
Blu-ray release date: November 17, 2015
DTS HD 2.0 Master Audio (English)
Blu-ray bonus features:
Original title sequence
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