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Death Spa (1989)

R  |   |  Horror  |  October 1990 (USA)
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William Bumiller ...
Michael Evans
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Laura Danvers
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David Avery
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Tom
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Priscilla Wayne
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Marvin
Rosalind Cash ...
Sgt. Stone
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Lt. Fletcher (as Frank McCarthy)
Shari Shattuck ...
Catherine
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Robert
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Darla
Joseph Whipp ...
Dr. Lido Moray
Karen Michaels ...
Rhonda
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Vicky (as Tané McClure)
Cindi Dietrich ...
Linda
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Michael's health club is beseiged with a series of terrible murders involving killer saunas and other grisly devices. Michael's wife killed herself a while before and her brother holds Michael responsible. Michael needs to stop the bloodshed before he loses all of his clients. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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This was Merritt Butrick's final film before his death on March 17, 1989 at the age of 29. See more »

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Actress Shari Shattuck's first name is misspelled in the closing credits. See more »

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Featured in An Exercise in Terror: The Making of 'Death Spa' (2014) See more »

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Oddball Supernatural Slasher Shenanigans!
2 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's no secret that one of my favorite movies of all time is David A. Prior's 1986 classic KILLER WORKOUT. Given that, imagine my joy when I discovered there was another workout slasher made in the eighties. I somehow knew it wouldn't top KILLER WORKOUT, but it's near impossible to not enjoy DEATH SPA.

Michael is the owner of a prestigious spa that's run completely by a large computer system built by his ex-brother-in-law David. You see, Michael's wife, Catherine, had a miscarriage, which severely damaged her spine and committed her to a wheelchair. Depressed, she doused herself in gasoline and set herself on fire. Well, now someone, or something, is killing off members of the spa. Is it Catherine, back from the dead? Or is it David, out to avenge his sister? Or is it someone else trying to get Michael to lose the spa?

DEATH SPA is great, but for all the wrong reasons. I imagine this movie had a budget twice that of KILLER WORKOUT, yet the quality is still the same, and maybe even worse. This is definitely a movie made solely to show off some fancy gore FX, so the writing is very sloppy and very funny. Sometimes the hilarity is the result of just bad acting, but sometimes, you can't help but wonder if they actually could have done better, given the material. This is sad, considering some of the actors have done bigger things. There's Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD), Merrit Butrick (STAR TREK 2&3), Brenda Bakke (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL), and Frank McCarthy (THE RELIC).

DEATH SPA definitely doesn't skimp on the gore, with inventive deaths, a huge body count, and lots and lots of grue. One guy's face falls off, another gets boiled alive by hot water, another explodes, etc. The effects aren't the greatest, but did you really expect them to be? I will say that DEATH SPA beats out KILLER WORKOUT in the death and gore department, but then again, there aren't any deaths by giant safety pin in DEATH SPA, are there?

That's really all there is to talk about with DEATH SPA. It's not scary in the slightest, the gore is great, some of the kills are so absurd they're hilarious (death by fish, anyone?), the writing is beyond awful, and it is sort of sad to see these stars appearing in, well, THIS.

Needless to say, it's required viewing for every organism on Earth.


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