|The titular Hoffman House in BOARDINGHOUSE (1982)|
It's been a slow week at Kearney Investigations. But I did find this cool Redfin listing for the original "Hoffman House"—that "10-bedroom" hotbed of love, lust, and telekinesis from the 1982 shot-on-video horror classic Boardinghouse (1982).
The Hoffman House
20950 Avenue San Luis, Woodland Hills, California
|Paragon Video VHS artwork|
For those of you unfamiliar with art cinema, Boardinghouse is the first feature-length, shot-on-video horror film to receive a theatrical release. Have you ever seen analog video blown up to 35-millimeter? Breathtaking. Transfer it back to videotape, and you've got results Edward Lachman and an army of digital intermediate artists would lust after. And since it was the only videotape that would play in my room, Boardinghouse got quite a workout.
|Theatrical Ad Mat|
|With REVENGE OF THE NERDS? Yes, please!|
*Unfortunately, I was a little late to the Redfin game, as the "Hoffman House" was sold on August 23, 2013 for $557K. However, I was still able to glean some facts via Redfin about this iconic location that answered a few of my childhood questions.
|20950 Avenue San Luis, Woodland Hills, California|
|That rascally, unpredictable, un-permitted downstairs apartment.|
The un-permitted downstairs apartment was featured semi-prominently in Boardinghouse, always involving a pool table. Unfortunately, I've never had half a mil burning a hole in my pocket. But if I did, I'd restore this space to its former, early 1980's glory—complete with pool table, vintage stereo, and potted plant.
|The BOARDINGHOUSE (1982) Kitchen|
Then, the Redfin photographer guy decides he wants to direct a horror film of his own, and takes this weird series of corners. So many corners.
|Actress Mary McKinley aka Dr. Maryel McKinley and Brian Bruderlin|
|Nicely framed shot from BOARDINGHOUSE (1982)|
Check this shot out. You've got the kitchen counter, the stove range, the dining room, a window, some wood pillar things, and the entry way. Those Redfin photos just needed a good Cinematographer.
Although—I have to admit—that series of corners set my hair on end!