AEROBI-CIDE aka KILLER WORKOUT (1987) Reviews and overview

   

‘This workout’ll kill you…’

Aerobi-Cide – aka Aerobicide and Killer Workout – is a 1987 American slasher horror feature film written and directed by David A. Prior (Night Claws; Zombie Wars; Mutant Species; Sledgehammer). The movie stars Marcia Karr, David James Campbell, Fritz Matthews, Ted Prior, and Teresa Van der Woude.

Plot:

A young model named Valerie is burned in a tanning salon. Two years later, her twin sister Rhonda (Marcia Karr) runs a fitness club in Los Angeles.

After one of its members is murdered by an unknown attacker, Detective Morgan (David James Campbell) begins to investigate…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It’s one that fans will adore because it’s so cheesy in everything from its performances and characters to its use of eighties stereotypes. And let’s not forget the soundtrack, which is literally awesome. Even the theme that plays over the opening credits is like a disco’d up version of Halloween’s notorious score.” A Slash Above…

“We get luminous leotards and headbands, big hair, more cleavage shots than an entire season of Baywatch and deliciously absurd electro pop music but all at the expense of genuine scares. However, it’s these hilariously dated fads that make the film watchable.” Hysteria Lives!

“While its low budget is apparent, the movie offers better production value than many of its straight-to-video contemporaries. Its lasting legacy may be the fact that it’s so unintentionally cheesy, but at least it has something by which to be remembered.” Broke Horror Fan

“Sadly though, the killer has no personality or style. So, the highlight of the movie ended up being the 80’s fashion and stiff acting. If you’re into slashers then you need to check it out, but everybody else will probably only find it good for the laughs. And it does deliver there! It also delivers on badass 80’s music.” Happyotter

“A gym is a great location for a slasher as it offers up lots of possibilities for kills. The addition of aerobicise allows the film to have plenty of scantily clad women moving around provocatively and somewhat work it into the story. Keyword there being somewhat. Prior was no dummy, he knew exactly who is audience was and what they wanted.” Bloody Disgusting

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“The joy of Killer Workout (aka Aerobi-Cide) is that it’s straight-up eighties slasher cheese wrapped-up in neon-colored spandex with some nudity and goofy kills. They can’t all be My Bloody Valentine (1981), but they aren’t all this enjoyably bad either…” McBastard’s Mausoleum

Cast and characters:

  • Marcia Karr … Rhonda Johnson – Maniac CopThe Night Stalker
  • David James Campbell … Det. Lt. Morgan – Night Claws; Little Devils: The Birth; Devil Rider; Speak of the Devil; Evil Altar; Scarecrows
  • Fritz Matthews … Jimmy Hallik
  • Ted Prior … Chuck Dawson – Night Claws; Mutant Species; Possessed by the Night; Sledgehammer
  • Teresa Van der Woude … Jaimy
  • Richard Bravo … Tom
  • Dianne Copeland … Debbie
  • Laurel Mock … Diane Matthews
  • Lynn Meighan … Cathy
  • Teresa Truesdale … Rachael McClee

Release:

Killer Workout was released in the United States on VHS on April 16, 1987, by Academy Home Entertainment. In the United Kingdom and other countries outside the United States, it was issued under its original theatrical title Aerobi-Cide [Aerobicide on publicity material].

On July 23, 2001, the film was released on DVD by Dark Vision. On November 17, 2015, Killer Workout was reissued on DVD and Blu-ray by Slasher // Video in collaboration with Olive Films. 88 Films also released the film in the UK on DVD on 13th June 2016.

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