FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Death Spa (rare uncut 35mm, filmmakers in person!)

When the ‘80s first arrived, two very important brand-new cultural touchstones — the slasher film and the workout video — both hit the culture with a resounding bang, so it was purely natural that the two would eventually combine into one perfect entertainment package. Though this film was not the first to forge into this brave new territory (that honor belongs to 1987’s Killer Workout), Michael Fischa’s magnum opus about a health club that may or may not be possessed by a vengeful spirit is arguably the superior work(out.) What Death Spa understands is that you’re here to see people get horribly mauled by gym equipment, and it delivers on this premise with widely grinning abandon. Co-starring horror legend Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), Death Spa is one of those late-’80s video store gems that demands with all the forces of hell to be unearthed — so what better way to enjoy it than with a once-in-a-lifetime screening of the world’s only UNCUT 35mm print (with all its MPAA-cursed gore intact), plus producer Jamie Beardsley, editor Mike Kewley and screenwriter Mitch Paradise in person!
Dir. Michael Fischa, 1990, 35mm, 88 min.

Watch the trailer for “Death Spa”!