A FILM BY: Johnn Wintergate
STARRING: John Wintergate, Kalassu, Lindsay Freeman
A decade after a series of unexplained deaths occurred on the property, new age meditation specialist and psychic warrior Jim Royce has inherited the ominous Hoffman house and opened it as a residence for “unattached and beautiful” women. Soon enough, people begin dying in gruesome and mysterious ways and it’s up to Jim and one of his psychically gifted tenants to go to battle with the dark forces attached to the house. The brainchild of new age workshop leaders and rock musicians Johnima and Kalassu Wintergate (playing the leads, with Johnima also writing and directing) and prominently featuring the music of their band Lightstorm (who’ve recently been feted with a greatest hits compilation courtesy of Drag City Records), BOARDINGHOUSE found the couple’s spiritual concerns inscrutably butting up against the excesses of sex and violence endemic to the independent horror marketplace. Possessed with a bizarre energy all its own, as well as an arbitrarily deployed “Horror Vision” gimmick, BOARDINGHOUSE manages to never coast or sit still throughout its runtime, ping-ponging between stalk-and-slash fakeouts, psychedelic video effects-laden freakouts, and legitimately eerie paranormal creep-outs. The first horror film to be shot on oh-so-80s analog video, BOARDINGHOUSE is an essential piece of lunatic cinema, complete with requisite high levels of gore and camp and presented in an archival 35mm print!
Production Year: 1982
Country of Origin: United States
Run Time: 98 mins