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Boardinghouse (1982)

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


John Wintergate (as Johnn Wintergate)


John Wintergate (screenplay) (as Jonema)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wintergate ... Jim Royce / Gardner (as Hawk Adly)
Kalassu Kalassu ... Victoria (as Kalassu Kay)
Lindsay Freeman Lindsay Freeman ... Debbie Hoffman (as Alexandra Day)
Joel Riordan Joel Riordan ... Joel Weintraub (as Joel McGinnis Riordan)
Brian Bruderlin Brian Bruderlin ... Richard
Selma Kora Selma Kora ... Sandy (as Belma Kora)
Tracy O'Brian Tracy O'Brian ... Suzie
Mary McKinley Mary McKinley ... Cindy
Rosane Woods Rosane Woods ... Gloria
Cindy Williamson Cindy Williamson ... Pam
Christopher Conlan Christopher Conlan ... Christopher
Elizabeth Hall Elizabeth Hall ... Terri
Tom Mones Tom Mones ... The Agent
Dean Disico Dean Disico ... Harris
Elliot Van Koghbe 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 <Fergus21@hotmail.com>

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shower | murder | blood | mask | gore | See All (31) »


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


Comedy | Horror


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Release Date:

21 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boarding House See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$10,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$390,000, 14 January 1983
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Blustarr See more »
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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33:1 (original aspect ratio
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Did You Know?


The kids who walk by when Jim arrives at the house were the children of writer/director/star John Wintergate and star Kalassu. See more »

Alternate Versions

The re-released version shown at festivals is missing several scenes, most notably the pie fight in the kitchen. See more »


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

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Porno without the sex?
28 May 2003 | by Maciste_BrotherSee 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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