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Killer Workout (1987)

R | | Horror | 16 April 1987 (USA)
Two years ago, a young woman named Valerie was burned after entering a tanning salon. Now, her twin sister, Rhonda, runs a local gym where, all of a sudden, people are being murdered.

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David A. Prior

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David A. Prior
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcia Karr ... Rhonda Johnson
David Campbell ... Lieutenant Morgan (as David James Campbell)
Fritz Matthews Fritz Matthews ... Jimmy Hallik
Ted Prior Ted Prior ... Chuck Dawson
Teresa Van der Woude ... Jaimy (as Teresa Vander Woude)
Richard Bravo Richard Bravo ... Tom
Dianne Copeland ... Debbie
Laurel Mock Laurel Mock ... Diane Matthews
Lynn Meighan Lynn Meighan ... Cathy
Teresa Truesdale Teresa Truesdale ... Rachael McClee
Denise Martell Denise Martell ... Marsha
Michael Beck Michael Beck ... Curtis
John Robb John Robb ... Weight Lifter #1
Joel Hoffman ... Weight Lifter #2
Larry Reynolds ... Officer Peterson
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Storyline

Two years ago, a young woman named Valerie was burned after entering a tanning salon. Now, her twin sister, Rhonda, runs a local gym where, all of a sudden, people are being murdered.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Something very unhealthy is happening at Rhonda's health club. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aerobi-cide See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shapiro Entertainment See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fritz Matthews built the tanning bed shown at the start of the film. See more »

Goofs

Boom mic reflected in Jimmy's car as he fights with Chuck. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Hallik: Relax... I'm not some kind of crazy killer.
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version was cut by 18 secs to edit the stabbing of a nude woman in a shower. See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Action (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Aerobi-Cide
Written by Dan Radlauer
Performed by Marty Hylan
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So bad, it's good...sort of
25 February 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Widely hated by moviegoers and horror fanatics alike, the years have given this cheesy slasher film a certain charm. While it's obviously hampered by the low budget (it's one of those films where the producer/director/actor are all the same person), the cult appeal of this atrocious film is such that I found myself having a great time while watching it.

The acting is bad all around, with the possible exception of the actor playing the cop Morgan, who overacts a bit and chews the scenery in a fun way (at least this variety of 'acting' is better than standing around and delivering leaden lines straight off the cue card). The killer kills people with a giant safety pin, which gives you some idea of the ingenuity of this film (the cleverest thing is the title AEROBICIDE). The '80s pop music soon grates heavily on the viewer's nerves while the point-of-view killer shots are stolen from HALLOWEEN (as per usual), and basically have been copied far too often to be effective anymore. The camera dwells on the girls in the aerobics classes far too long, and works the other way too when focusing on muscular young men. Add the fact that they're all dressed in hideous '80s clothes and you'll be ripping your own eyes out to try and stop the torment.

As you can imagine, this film is pretty dire, full of bland actors, characters who you don't give a damn about, and the murders aren't even particularly gory. So why did I enjoy it? It's difficult to say really apart from the fact that as everything was so bad it all became one big comedy and, in a way, one of those 'so-bad-it's-good' kind of films. Saying that, you probably need a high tolerance level to be able to sit through a film like this… or maybe, like me, you're just a glutton for punishment!


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