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Strange things are a brewing at the local gym! See more »
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Michael's health club is beseiged with a series of terrible murders involving killer saunas and other grisly devices... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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William Bumiller ... Michael Evans

Brenda Bakke ... Laura Danvers

Merritt Butrick ... David Avery

Robert Lipton ... Tom

Alexa Hamilton ... Priscilla Wayne

Ken Foree ... Marvin
Rosalind Cash ... Sgt. Stone

Francis X. McCarthy ... Lt. Fletcher (as Frank McCarthy)
Shari Shattuck ... Catherine

Hank Cheyne ... Robert

Chelsea Field ... Darla
Joseph Whipp ... Dr. Lido Moray
Karen Michaels ... Rhonda

Tane McClure ... Vicky (as Tané McClure)
Cindi Dietrich ... Linda

Vanessa Bell Calloway ... Marci Hewitt (as Vanessa Bell)
David Shaughnessy ... Freddie (as David James Shaughnessy)
Norma Leistiko ... Dr. Southern
Chad Hayes ... Jeffery

Karyn Parsons ... Brooke
Ed Hooks ... Security Guard

Janice Ryan ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cindera Che ... Health Club Dancer (uncredited)

Lyle Howry ... Cop (uncredited)
Helen Kelly ... Woman at the Spa (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Fischa 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Bartruff 
Mitch Paradise 

Produced by
Waleed B. Ali .... executive producer (as Waleed Ali)
Jamie Beardsley .... producer (as Jamie Beardsley-Jones)
 
Original Music by
Peter D. Kaye  (as Peter Kaye)
 
Cinematography by
Arledge Armenaki 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Kewley 
 
Production Design by
Robert Schulenberg 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Gulbin  (as Mike Gulbin)
 
Makeup Department
Enid Arias .... hair stylist
Devora Fischa .... makeup artist (as Devorah Fischa)
Kim Lee .... assistant makeup artist
Mel Slavick .... special makeup effects
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jamie Beardsley .... second unit director (as Jamie Beardsley-Jones)
Darcy Brown .... first assistant director
Philip B. Epstein .... second assistant director
Janet Levine .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Tom Bolema .... scenic artist
Nora Murphy .... property master
Babak Shokrian .... art p.a.
 
Sound Department
Jose Araujo .... sound mixer (as Zéca Araújo)
Ron Hitchcock .... sound designer
Ron Hitchcock .... sound re-recording mixer
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Travis Powers .... sound effects editor
Todd Ritchie .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Chris Simmons .... special effects technician
Wayne Beauchamp .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunts (as Sandra Gimpel)
Wayne King .... stunts
Gary Littlejohn .... stunts
Shanna Lynn .... stunts (as Shanna L. Teare)
Solly Marx .... stunts
Lori Lynn Ross .... stunts
Paul E. Short .... stunts (as Paul Short)
John Stewart .... stunts (as John Michael Stewart)
Cherie Tash .... stunts (as Cheri Tash)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lenny Blank .... grip
Alan Brownstein .... gaffer
Tom Keefer .... best boy grip
Roger Lattin .... best boy
Damon Marcellino .... electrician
Guy Olds .... first assistant camera
George Palmer .... key grip
Jeff Porter .... second assistant camera
Johnnie Randels .... still photographer
Gary Wagner .... director of photography: second unit
Elizabeth Ziegler .... Steadicam operator
 
Editorial Department
Jeanne Robinson .... assistant editor
Harry E. Snodgrass .... assistant editor (as Harry Snodgrass)
Liza Sullivan .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Marvin J. Bernstein .... location manager (as Marvin Bernstein)
Gary Lindsay .... production coordinator
Suzan Lowitz .... script supervisor (as Susan Lowitz)
Dwayne Murakami .... assistant location manager
Linda Pillsbury .... production coordinator
Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks .... dance double
David Reskin .... production coordinator
Adam Ripp .... assistant to director
 

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88 min
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Australia:R | Germany:18 | Germany:Not Rated (DVD version) (uncut) | Netherlands:16 | USA:R | USA:Unrated (re-release) | West Germany:18 (cut)

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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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Miscellaneous: Actress Shari Shattuck's first name is misspelled in the closing credits.See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Get fit or die trying., 14 May 2009
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

In Death Spa's title sequence, director Michael Fischa guides his camera slowly towards the entrance of the Star Body Health Spa as an electrical storm rages on the horizon; suddenly, lightning strikes the building, knocking out some of the letters on its neon sign to reveal the title of the film. The camera then continues to glide through the doorway, as the spa's staff prepare to leave for the night; lights are switched off one-by-one, and the foyer is slowly plunged into darkness...

It's a promising start and one which proves that director Michael Fischa has a keen visual sense, which makes it all the more disappointing when the film quickly slips into mundane murder/mystery mode and threatens to stay there for the rest of its running time.

The film's plot sees a series of suspicious 'accidents' occurring at the high-tech, computer-controlled spa owned by widower Michael Evans (William Bumiller), whose wife Catherine (Shari Shattuck) committed suicide following the death of their child. Could Catherine's embittered brother David (Merritt Butrick), creator of the spa's advanced computer system, be behind the bizarre mishaps? Does anyone else have reason to see Michael's business fail? Or are the accidents the work of a malevolent supernatural force?

Thankfully, despite this rather cheesy 'whodunnit'-style narrative, which sees a pair of useless cops assisting Michael in solving the mystery, Fischa manages to keep things interesting through the inclusion of plenty of nudity (the spa is a haven for busty babes and hard-bodied hotties), a few enjoyably crap 80s Flashdance-inspired aerobics scenes, some inventive deaths, and a bit of fun hokum involving a parapsychologist.

And then, as the film enters its final act, everything goes completely nuts...

It is revealed that David has been possessed by the spirit of his sister Catherine, who wants Michael to die so that they can be together in the afterlife. At a Mardi Gras party, being held at the spa, the possessed David kidnaps Michael's squeeze Laura (Brenda Bakke) and tries to kill her by frying her under a sunbed. Meanwhile, lots of other people die in a variety of entertaining and bloody ways: wood panelling from a sauna room shoots through one guy's head, spilling his brains everywhere; a girl has her arm removed by a food blender; the policeman has his throat torn open by a frozen fish (I kid you not!); and an exploding mirror leaves one poor woman a mess of bloody pieces scattered all over the floor!

This totally unpredictable and gory ending is loads of fun, and it's well worth suffering through Death Spa's more tedious moments in order to fully savour the complete and utter madness of the film's final moments.

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