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The Best Horror Workouts, Part 2: The Editor (2014), A Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 4: The Dream Master (1988) and AHS: 1984 (2019)

September 19, 2019

Working out in the 80s… in horror movies?
You guys know this is gonna’ be a bit dirty!

Ready to sweat out the sins of watching too many horror movies?  Well throw on your halfway shirts, short-shorts and tube socks and let’s get to it! We’ve got more raunchy aerobics for you!

Did you miss out on part 1? We hope you enjoyed these three gory sets of horrific muscle-building reps from the 80s (and 80s settings). But be sure to go check out The Best Horror Workouts Part 1 as we review the deadly gym shenanigans of Killer Workout, aka Aerobicide (1987), Death Spa (1989) and Happy Birthday to Me (1981).

The Editor (2014)

If you love Italian Giallo films and would love to see them mocked in an extremely awkward film, then you are in luck! Otherwise, The Editor (2014) will likely confound or alienate viewers who either don’t exactly know what they’re getting into, or who are sober. This film honors, copies and/or mocks various scenes from Black Christmas (1974), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and The Shining (1980) down to the cheesy twist endings and an entire era’s worth of 70s-80s exploitation cinema. And, staying in 80s theme, there’s a VERY raunchy 80s workout scene reminiscent of Killer Workout (1987; The Best Horror Workouts, Part 1). The cheese factor is high on this one…

This is one of the most TnA-rich raunchy throwbacks I’ve seen. Deliciously cheesy to the point of hilarity. Brace yourself for sweaty hard bodies, ass-choking leotards, and excessively inappropriate camera angles. We learn that the camera man understood his instructions loud and clear as we are bombarded by tandem close-ups of sweaty bouncing aerobic boobs, thong-wedgied butts and leg-spreading crotch shots.  No joke–the aerobic routines are more than a little slutty and there’s an inordinate amount of this.

Barely tiptoeing past sexy (and never truly entering the raunchy zone) was The Dungeonmaster (1984).

But, just to remind you The Editor (2014) is horror, the raunchy sequence ends with a really funny and extremely gory scene involves ripping off a woman’s entire face as she continues to scream and then smushing it back on (tongue-in-cheek).


A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

During his first three movies, Freddy was behind the curve–basically no workout scenes. But part 4 is loaded with them! Rick blasts his loud music in his garage dojo training sessions complete with heavy bags, spin kicks and nunchucks.

When Rick finds himself in his fantasy dojo dreamscape, he spars with an invisible Freddy. Rick is no Frank Dux (JCVD, Bloodsport) but he holds his own and disarms Freddy of his glove. The problem here is that Freddy cheats and telekinetically launches the glove into Rick’s gut like a shuriken. “Saaaaayonaraaaaa!”


For our second Freddy workout, we have Debbie. Debbie utterly hates roaches and stomps one out after finding it in her fries. That what she gets for eating fast food between gym sessions! She sees a cute guy and says “I wonder where he works out.” Total gym rat.  Alice actually warns Debbie that “It will take more than bench presses to beat [Freddy].” So what does Deb go home and do? Like a true bro-tastic babe, it’s Bench Press time!!!


Unfortunately for Debbie, Freddy is NOT a trustworthy spotter.


He’s more the bro who gives you a bad spot and messes up your joints. “No pain, no gain.” Debbie tries to resist, but her elbows gruesomely tear open as he forces the barbell down upon her. I love the sound effect as her elbows tear open. Yuck!

This really demonstrates the importance of finding a good spotter you can trust… like Ken Foree (Death Spa). For more pectoral-swelling tips, check out the bench press death in Happy Birthday to Me (1981) in The Best Horror Workouts Part 1.


And for you serious weightlifters out there, don’t forget to count your macros and bust your butt to earn those cheat days…


American Horror Story: 1984 (2019, season 9)

And just for good measure, let’s throw in the opening aerobics class scene from the latest season of AHS, complete with sultry glances exchanged between hip-thrusts…


We hope you enjoyed these three gory sets of horrific muscle-building reps from the 80s.  Stay tuned for The Best Horror Workouts, Part 3 and go check out The Best Horror Workouts, Part 1!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2019 10:15 pm

    Do you remember the 1992 movie Stay Tuned with John Ritter? I vaguely remember an odd workout scene in that movie.

    • John Leavengood permalink
      September 20, 2019 8:33 am

      I loved that movie! And yes, I believe Ritter was being chased through some Hellscape aerobics.


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