Director(s) – Matt Cannon and Quinn Arlington Waters
Starring – Like David, Tarralyn Belle, and Kelly Kriegshauser
Release Date -2019
Rating – 3/5
Tagline – “A workout to die for”
I absolutely love the 80s. Most, if not all, of my favorite horror films are from the 80s. I often find myself adopting fashion and music trends of this decade and anyone that knows me knows how often I use catchphrases from this forgotten decade. So many modern horror films try to capture that 80s look and feel. Some succeed while others fail miserably.
A few days back I was sent a link to a Facebook page for the film Hexercise. I was floored when I watched the teaser for it. I had to have it so I ordered a copy. I’m glad I did. I was disappointed when I discovered that it was a short but I still had a lot of fun with it.
**Spoiler Alert**The short follows a fitness center that was built over a Satanic church. As young adults attempt to get their bodies in shape they are hunted one by one by an evil Satanic presence.**Spoiler Alert**
A lot of unique horror films has passed through Horror Society what time I’ve been reviewing on the site. Some of these films were very fun and unforgettable and a few of them were unique but not entertaining. Hexercise is a damn entertaining horror short but there is so much more it could have been. I would have loved to see a feature length film with dialogue instead of a short musical film that lacked character interaction.
The acting in this one is a little unconventional but fun. The cast doesn’t talk but they still have to get into character and show their emotions through body and facial gestures. They do a great job and make the film fun.
The story for this one is fucking amazing but the short length of the film really takes away from the impact. There is so much you can do with this storyline and the 20 or so minutes we get is just not enough to get your money’s worth out of it. People really need a hour or longer version of this.
Finally, the film does have a few on screen skills that offer up some blood and minimal practical effects. The effects are solid but nothing memorable. Overall, Hexercise is a short that serves as a physical representation for artist’s Lapse’s new album. It is a fun experience but there needs to be more! It was just too fun to be a short.