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Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high tech shopping mall and pursued by three murderous security robots out of control.
Killer robots terrorizing a group of horny yuppies in the Mall of Death. Snatch N' Grab. Short mullets are underrated. Dr. Tall Man? Mr. and Mrs. Bland without Raoul. I'm pretty sure Paul Verhoeven watched this before directing RoboCop. Sexy Lacoste shirts. Slumber Party Massacre poster. Centerfold tits. Neck choke. Preppy Alan Pinkard. When a girl can fix a car her hotness level is quadrupled. The way Mike chews gum. Really awful 80's big hair. I think the killer robots are a cross between the Gobots and Johnny 5. Nerd love. Alison's front teeth. Dick fuckin' Miller makes all films better. Leslie's nipples. The anti-smoking message in Chopping Mall is hilarious. Maybe C. Everett Coop and Jim Wynorski are friends?…
Significantly less chopping than advertised.
Performances : 1.5/10
Story : 2.5/10
Production : 3/10
Overall : 2.33/10
This was so generic, laughable, predictable and ridiculously over-the-top. I loved every second of it.
Except for the parts that I didn't. There were a lot of those.
As I'm sure you can tell from the puntastically awful title, the 5 star rating is for entertainment rather than conventional quality. It's just so damn bad that it's so damn fun.
I love 80's B-Movies. There's a sort of charm attached to them, full of grotesque action, ridiculously idiotic characters and totally implausible science fiction creations. Chopping Mall has all three.
Eight buddies are having sex, separately mind you, it's not an orgy, in one of the kid's dad's furniture shop at a closed shopping mall. What they don't know is, is that some new security system where there's defective killer robots are on the loose. In addition to all that preposterous mayhem, there's another thing stupid about this…
I never knew Short Circuit had a prequel!!!
Easily the (intentionally and unintentionally) funniest and funnest film I've seen in quite some time. How I missed this back in the day is a mystery.
Now let's send these fuckers a Rambo-gram!!
I had some fond feelings towards Chopping Mall before I even watched it due to the fact that it was also the name of a level in the fantastic 1990s video game Zombies Ate My Neighbours. That giant baby was a right pain in the arse to kill.
I have even more fondness for it now, after having seen it. Some robots, created to look after the security of a mall, go haywire after an unconvincing thunder store and start murdering people that have stayed behind after it closes. It's certainly rather different from your usual slasher, and as such it does actually have a bit of originality behind it.
It was also a fair way better acted than you…
Incredible title sequence, incredible closing credits, so-so everything in-between. A group of young people have an orgy in a furniture store, then get chased around a mall by "killbots." The kills run the gamut from totally awesome head-exploding laser, to death by fire extinguisher. And by "death by fire extinguisher," I mean a killer robot literally just tosses a fire extinguisher at a dude, and then, huh, I guess he's dead now? Whatever, Chopping Mall.
Fairly entertaining as far as these things go, but it's not particularly good, nor is it insane enough to really rise above its admittedly low standards. Dick Miller makes anything worth watching, however.
Expected a lot more from this for some reason. Overall disappointed. There are definitely better 80's schlock films than this.
Fun, if uninspired. And uninspiring, apparently, because I can't think of a single other thing to say about it. C+
This film is just hilarious in its intended camp. Just a lot of fun. It was great seeing it in a theatre in a restored version with the director in person plus the audience laughing and cheering throughout.
Seen as part of The Massacre film festival. Willfully goofy, and even more fun with an audience that knows they're laughing along with the film instead of at it.
Seeing the amazing Blu-Ray restoration bumps this up a full 1.5 stars, but this is still frustratingly stupid and wasteful in far too many ways to be considered a true success.
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