Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Killer Workout (Slasher//Video Blu-ray)

First we discuss the disclaimer. I think it’s important that everyone understands what they’re buying (and you should be buying this if you’re a Horror fan). This release wasn’t taken from traditional film elements. Killer Workout is remastered from and HD Master from PAL Beta SP and upconverted to Blu-ray. You’re going to notice that quality isn’t quite up to your normal Blu-ray due to the source material. With a release like Killer Workout its important to work with the best elements available especially since film elements may have been destroyed or nonexistent. We always hope for better elements in the future, but for right now we can enjoy a movie, looking the best it’s look in a home video release. That’s why you buy Slasher//Video. They preserve movies for movie lovers and don’t necessarily pay lip service to the snobs out there.

Killer Workout was part of the workout Horror craze in the mid 80’s You had Death Spa which was fantastic and even Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout among others. How does Killer Workout aka Aerobicide compare to a movie like Death Spa? Both movies are pure camp though Death Spa may have a leg up on the production value. The stories fair the same and the kills are always perfectly novel. Let’s face it; we are watching workout Horror to see scantily clad folks get butchered in funny ways. That’s exactly what you get in Killer Workout. The budget is low and effects cheap, but the entertainment value is high with plenty of unintentional laughs to guide you through the murder mystery story line.

Yes the transfer is from tape, and that’s just fine by me. I’m glad to have gotten the chance to see a very nice looking version of Killer Workout even if it doesn’t quite live up to my Blu-ray standards. It’s has damage and dirt, but at least a digital representation exists to give it a new audience.

You can order Killer Workout now:
From Olive

Disclaimer: Killer Workout is presented using the best available elements provided by Slasher // Video. Not sourced from an HD Master; remastered from from PAL Beta SP and upconverted to BluRay and DVD specifications.

Going to the gym may be hazardous to your health. In fact, it could kill you.
Valerie, a model with a promising career, Valerie heads out to the local fitness club to use their sun-tanning bed. She needs to look her best for her Cosmopolitan magazine cover shoot. Alas, Valerie’s visit will end in tragedy when the machine malfunctions, burning her to death. Despite Valerie’s death being a public relations nightmare, things are back up and running at the club with the iron-fisted Rhonda (Marci Karr, Maniac Cop) in charge. But tragedy is lurking just around the corner when another club member is soon found stabbed to death. Enter Lieutenant Morgan (David James Campbell, Scarecrows), the cop on the case. Tasked with solving the crimes, he’s in for more than he expected as the body count rises. Who’s behind the grizzly slayings? What’s their motive? And, who will be the next victim?

Slasher // Video presents Killer Workout, directed by David A. Prior (Deadly Prey, The Deadliest Prey) and starring Ted Prior (Deadly Prey), Marcia Karr (Maniac Cop), David James Campbell (Scarecrows) and Fritz Matthews (The Deadliest Prey).

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