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Slasher Hunt 2018: BoardingHouse (Slasher // Video) DVD Review + Screenshots

Studio: Slasher // Video

Release Date: October 21st, 1983 (theatrical) / October 27th, 2015 (dvd)

Run Time: 98 mins (theatrical) / 156 mins (director’s cut)

Region Code:

Picture:480i (1.33:1 Aspect Ratio)

Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0

Starring: John Wintergate, Kalassu, Lindsay Freeman

Written by John Wintergate

Directed by John Wintergate

Rating: R (Nudity, some language, and horror violence) (theatrical) / Not Rated (Nudity, language, and horror violence) (Director’s Cut)


Disc 1: Theatrical Version (1h 38m, SD, 1.33:1)

Original Film Intro (1m 33s, SD, 1.33:1) Same opening as the film proper, but with no narration, only computer beeps.

BoardingHouse Original Trailer (48s, SD, 1.33:1)

Alternate Ending (4m 31s, SD, 1.33:1) Adds an explanation to the ending of the film as well as an open ending.

Rare Trailers, TV Spots, and Voice-Overs (25m 53s, SD, 1.33:1) We get a few trailers, a number of TV Spots, and a few voice-overs (with only a blank screen)

2008 Interview with Johnn and Kalassu (23m 13s, SD, 1.33:1) The couple covers the making of the film.

Q&A with Johnn Wintergate, Kalassu, and Jesus Teran (15m 10s, SD) More of the same only this is a more recent interview.

Behind the Scenes/Music Video B-Roll (15m 15s, SD, 1.33:1) Most of the footage is silent save for a loud hiss.

33 ⅓, Teeth Magazine- Interview (14m 48s, SD, 1.33:1) Text-based interview with white letters against a black background. Very hard to read.

BoardingHouse Photo Gallery (9m 22s, SD) Songs from the film play as the gallery auto plays.

Disc 2: Director’s Cut (2h 36m, SD, 1.33:1)

Commentary with director and star Johnn Wintergate, actress Kalassu, and Jesus Teran of Slasher // Video.

Lightstorm Photo Gallery (14m 43s, SD) Some of the band’s songs play as the gallery auto plays.

“The Phantom” Demo Reel (9m 5s, SD, 1.33:1) The movie employs a video effect that kind of looks like the Neighborhood Watch burglar. This effect shows up periodically during the entire film. This is nine minutes of the effect being sampled in different colors.

Terror on Tour Revisited (6m 40s, SD) Talk of the film that Johnn and Kalassu appeared in before making BoardingHouse. Jesus Teran shows them some footage from the film and they forgot that they even appeared in the film.

“Break It Off” Live (4m 17s, SD, 1.33:1) Song from the party scene in the film is played live.

O My Love (4m, SD) Song audio, no video. Static image.

“Stop Fooling Around” Music Video (3m 11s, SD, 1.33:1)

“The Raven/Break It Off” Music Video (3m 13s, SD, 1.33:1)

“Love Starved” Music Video (3m 5s, SD, 1.33:1)

Teeth- Live in Europe, 1981 (3m 3s, SD, 1.33:1)

All in all, this is a pretty good selection of special features, much more than I would have expected. While there are no interviews with anyone else that worked on the movie, Johnn and Kalasu do a great job of giving us a lot of information about the making of the movie. The second disc focuses much more on the couple’s band and songs than the movie itself. This isn’t too bad as the much they make is pretty decent. We also get the director’s cut of the movie which is something that has been rumored to exist for a long time.


This 2-disc special edition comes to us courtesy of Slasher // Video.

Both discs are REGION 1


BoardingHouse was shot on video and thus can’t really be judged the same way a movie shot on film would be. While technology exists to fix damage to the film, there is no tech that fixes problems with video. This means that anything wrong with the video is there for all time. With BaordingHouse being shot over 30 years ago, the movie isn’t going to look it best. The picture looks ok at best with everything appearing onscreen as they were supposed to. There is some video noise and artifacting going on, but that is par for the course for movies that were shot on video. I think that if a film print had been found (the movie was transferred from video to 35mm film and shown in theaters) there could have been a better result, but this is what we have and it isn’t all that bad.

The same goes for the sound. Any distortions found on the track can be attributed to it being shot on video and the age of the source material. The sound is mostly good with said distortions being found every so often.

The Hoffman house has what one would call "a haunted history". Shuttered after a series of mysterious deaths in the early70's, it is ten years later and Jim Royce (Hawk Adley, Terror on Tour), a relative and clairvoyant, has reopened his inheritance as a boarding house for young women. But Beware... the dark forces are not to be trifled with. Murder and mayhem soon return and no one, and we mean NO ONE, is safe.
BoardingHouse was one of, if not the first, shot on video horror movies. Filmed in 1981 and released in 1982, the movie has its charms. The movie has a “by any means necessary” attitude and you have to admire any movie with that kind of spirit. I can't tell you how many movies I have seen that are nothing more than a means to make money. The filmmakers here are really trying their hardest to make a good movie but they fail at almost every turn. That doesn't mean that the movie isn't entertaining. The movie makes no sense, has some of the funniest unintentional laughs, and has a killer whose identity will be obvious to anyone who has seen a movie. None of the actors are any good and the effects are puzzling at best. I had a great time watching BoardingHouse but this is not a movie you can recommend to anyone. If you like slasher movies and/or cheesy bad movie then BoardingHouse will be right up your alley.


The dvd, from Slasher // Video is nice. The picture and sound quality are what you expect a shot on video movie to be. The special features fare better. The inclusion of the long sought after director’s cut is a nice inclusion as are the trailers and TV spots. The music videos are ok, but the songs are catchy. I would recommend this to anyone who is trying to fill out their slasher movie collection and bad movie buffs.



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