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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)
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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This was Merritt Butrick's final film before his death on March 17, 1989 at the age of 29.See more »
Miscellaneous: Actress Shari Shattuck's first name is misspelled in the closing credits.See more »
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Oddball Supernatural Slasher Shenanigans!, 2 June 2012
Author: ObscureCinema101 from United States

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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