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Michael's health club is besieged 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.
Death Spa is the epitome of 1980's cheese, to the music, dialogue, fashion and special effects, this one is so bad it's good. I really do like the unique gym setting, probably even more so for its time, even though it wasn't used to its fullest potential when it came to carnage. Death Spa just has this cheesy charm about it that I just can't hate it, even though it's appallingly bad, I just had a fun and entertaining time watching the wackiness onscreen.
The premise of a scorned dead lover coming back for revenge on unsuspecting clients and staff at a gym/spa is very silly, but entertaining and let’s be honest the film doesn't take itself too seriously, but that's the fun part about it. The deaths were also pretty vicious, even though the delivery of them was laughably bad, still pretty inventive. I do wish it was a little bit gorier, and it wasted some potential inventiveness when it came to its kills, and the ending was just lame.
The acting was horrible of course, but the cast was painfully good looking with gratuitous nudity to make up for it.
Director, Michael Fischa seemed to be having fun with this one, and the vibrant lighting and setting was nifty, but didn't use the full potential of it when it came to horror. There were also no scares and not enough suspense; the soundtrack also could use some fixing. The writing was just pretty weak, with a lame story that no one could take seriously and is not surprising that writers James Bartruff and Mitch Paradise never wrote another film and that Director; Michael Fischa never made it big. With all that said, the film is still a fun watch for laughs and a genius setting for kills.
Overall, if they remade Piranha in 3D, this movie if in the hands of the right director could make a very entertaining 3D remake. I'd pick Alexandre Aja. If you like a platter of cheese with your gore, check out Death Spa, a memorable one at that. 6 out of 10