Slasher Library: Killer Workout (1986)





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Uploaded on Sep 20, 2010

My review of the 1986 forgotten classic, Killer Workout.

To know more about the film, go here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0091339/


In this installment of Slasher Library we take a look at the 1986 "classic", Killer Workout, aka. Aerobicide. Written and directed by David A. Prior, who some of you may know from absolutely nothing else of value, Killer Workout is at first glance another in the long line of cheap eighties slasher cash-ins, with no redeeming artistic value. And while you'd be right, anyone actually looking for artistic value in a film called Killer Workout would probably never watch it in the first place.

The plot concerns one Rhonda Johnson. Rhonda is the often bitchy, sexy in that severe Jennifer Gray kind of way, owner of a gym creatively called Rhonda's Workout. As you might have guessed, Rhonda begins to have some serious economic issues when the prerequisite unknown killer begins bumping off her clientele. As if that wasn't bad enough, she also has to contend with Jimmy Hallik, a creepy juicehead who hits on her non-stop and with all the subtlety of any man paranoid about his shriveled balls. Then, of course, there's the stereotypical police detective Lt. Morgan, who deserves a lifetime achievement award for most ineffectual cop ever. Throw in a gaggle of scantily clad aerobics girls and enough homoerotic men to make even George Michael blush, and you've got a recipe for eighties cheese greatness.

As far as the cast is concerned, you might recognize Rhonda, played here by Marcia Karr. Marcia actually sports a rather impressive exploitation film resume having appeared in films like Chained Heat, Hardbodies, Real Genius, The Night Stalker (not the one with Darren McGavin), Maniac Cop, and the classic Savage Streets. She's joined by Teresa Van der Woude (who you'd know from... nothing else really) playing Rhonda's squirrel-faced friend Jaimy. As the lead eye candy for the ladies we have Ted Prior (*clears throat* no relation to Director David Prior, I'm sure) playing the part of not-gay Chuck who has flown in from San Francisco to help out Rhonda. And last, and definitely least, we have David James Campbell as the oh-so charismatic Lt. Morgan, who deserves an award for uttering classic lines like (insert clip) and (insert clip). Other special mentions go to Marcia Karr as Rhonda for breaking the fourth wall, the spray paint kids for padding out the numbers, music editor Peter McCartney for cramming more cheesy pop songs into one film than I ever thought possible, and last but not least, a big WTF to the killer in the film for using a giant safety pin as his weapon of choice.

All in all I really enjoyed Killer Workout. While it's no gorehounds wet dream there're plenty of sexy ladies and cheesball actors to keep me entertained for eighty five minutes. If you can find a copy, since it's never been released on DVD, I'd recommend checking it out.


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