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Death Spa (1989)

R | | Horror | 24 October 1990 (USA)
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Gruesome deaths begin to occur at a hip Los Angeles health club.

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Michael Fischa
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Karen Michaels ... Rhonda
Tane McClure ... Vicky (as Tané McClure)
Cindi Dietrich 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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For a workout in Hell! See more »

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Trivia

Hank Cheyne was working as a bartender when he auditioned for a role in this movie. See more »

Goofs

The title of the soundtrack song "Killer Groove" is misspelled in the credits as "Killer Grove." See more »

Alternate Versions

The Chinese Laserdisc is NOT uncut! A full-length Gore Scene is missing. The German Video Version is heavily cut. See more »

Connections

References Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) See more »

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Right Behind You
Performed and Composed by Messenger
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Get fit or die trying.
14 May 2009 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

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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Language:

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Release Date:

24 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Simi Valley, California, USA See more »

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