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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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Last Week the Hoffman house was opened for boarders. Along with the new residents...Something else moved in! See more »


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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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Production Co:

Blustarr See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33:1 (original aspect ratio
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Did You Know?


The film was refused a UK video certificate by the BBFC in 1983. 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 »


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11 February 2002 | by Vince_In_MilanSee all my reviews

When people speak about BAD cinema, they forget one very important fact: no-one remembers the very worst film they ever saw. If a film is bad enough, you don't bother watching it. You merely change channels or fall asleep, walk out of the theatre or whatever. Truly bad movies are so mediocre that they don't even register on our consciousness.

Seen in this very specific light, Boardinghouse is a pretty good film, really. It's certainly quite memorable and does a pretty good job of grabbing one's attention, which is more than one can say for a good 50% of movies.

I find it hard to explain why I actually LIKE "boardinghouse" When I caught it on TV the other night I thought I was watching some South American soapie. The plot is basic slasher stuff (guy peoples boarding house with scantily clad girls while serial killer type lurks in the shadows), the acting is pretty much a non event and the special effects (such as they are) are easily outdone by even the cheapest of modern day digicams.

On the positive side, some of the girls aren't bad looking, everyone has these wonderful, late 70s clothes (huge collars, big fluffy hairdos on the men, flares, etc. etc) and the film is fast and gory enough to guarantee that there is never a dull moment. The film was shot straight to video and the very cheapness of the production adds a rough, nasty dimension to the film which would otherwise not be there.

Boardinghouse is nowhere NEAR being a fantastic movie, but if you have a sense of humour and are not too pedantic it can be a fun and memorable experience. I would certainly watch it again.

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