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Boardinghouse (1982)

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A boarding house is reopened years after gruesome murders were committed there. Suddenly, the body count begins once more!


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wintergate ...
Jim Royce / Gardner (as Hawk Adly)
Kalassu ...
Victoria (as Kalassu Kay)
Lindsay Freeman ...
Debbie Hoffman (as Alexandra Day)
Joel Riordan ...
Joel Weintraub (as Joel McGinnis Riordan)
Brian Bruderlin ...
Selma Kora ...
Sandy (as Belma Kora)
Tracy O'Brian ...
Mary McKinley ...
Rosane Woods ...
Cindy Williamson ...
Christopher Conlan ...
Elizabeth Hall ...
Tom Mones ...
The Agent
Dean Disico ...
Elliot Van Koghbe ...
Officer Weston


Resembling a cross between "The Amityville Horror" and a Playboy Playmates video, this film tells the terrifying tale of a cheesy video special effect that stalks bikini-clad women. In between scenes of them playfully splashing each other and wrestling with each other's bathing suit tops, they're murdered and/or terrorized by horrific hallucinations. These hallucinations include seeing blood in the shower stalls (while they're trying to lather up), having giant monsters jump out of the hall closet, and seeing their faces temporarily turn into rubber halloween masks. Written by Mike Justice <>

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Where the rent won't kill you, but somthing else will! See more »


Comedy | Horror


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The original version of the film ran a total of two hours and thirty eight minutes, but was cut to one hour and thirty eight minutes by the distributor back in 1983. This was the first shot on video film that was blown up to 35MM and released in theatres in 1983. Slasher // Video released a 30th Anniversary DVD with an extensive amount of extras, including several songs from the band Lightstorm as well as including for the first time the original 2hr 38 min Dir cut See more »


Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

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Porno without the sex?
28 May 2003 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

I'm watching BOARDINGHOUSE as I'm writing this and the "film" is woeful. There's almost no redeeming quality to it. It feels and looks like a porno production but without any hardcore sex scenes. In this case, the "horror" scenes have replaced the sex scenes. The film even warns you at the beginning that every shocking scene will be preceded with a warning of sorts. Funny enough, throughout the movie, people (mostly women) get killed without any warning to the viewers. The producers weren't even able to do what they promised they were going to do. Yep, the film is THAT cheap.

The only thing one can credit this film of being is that it's one of the first direct-to-video "film" specifically made for the booming video market of the early 1980s. Today, they're dime a dozen. So, I guess the producers of the film were ahead of the times in this regard. But that still doesn't change the fact that BOARDINGHOUSE is devoid of acting, a script, special effects or any suspense or fright whatsoever. I can't even tell who is supposed to be who.

You do see a lot of women sans clothes (all natural breasts, no less) and guys in bikinis. Ah, the 1980s.

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