Movies that are slightly off.
Half-off is just the beginning!
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.
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!!
Not sure if you kids will understand this - but shopping malls were really important in the 80's. It's where we shopped at, ate at, played video games at, shoplifted at, bought our paint, sporting equipment, skateboards and guns at. The mall was like our Amazon dot com but we got to hang out there with our friends! Now we just sit at home... Alone... Clicking... Wondering where that smell is coming from... Shopping malls were really important! That's why it makes sense that they had the most high tech security systems available - killer robots!
Kids used to dream about getting some beers, partying and having sex in the mall - and that's what these kids were trying to…
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.
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…
Jim Wynorski is no Paul Bartel.
I'm currently reading Aesthetics of Popular Culture, a collection of essays on the study of aesthetics in, obviously, popular culture. The introductory essay is a historical overview of the subject, starting mostly with Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno. There's an interesting hermeneutic that runs through the introduction; the authors, Jozef Kovalcik and Max Ryynänan, attempt to identify what popular culture is without the negative baggage that comes with any identification of mass culture. Popular culture, in the current mode, seems to refer to new aesthetic practices developed in connection with and in response to new modern practices that cannot be integrated into previously understood experiences. Benjamin observes that the quiet consideration of a painting is no longer an appropriate practice…
Fantastic title, not enough chopping.
Bonus half star for Dick Miller's small role.
A slasher featuring killbots. A fun, goofy mid-80's flick. Kelli Maroney and Barbara Crampton are a couple of noticeable names in this flick. A few guest appearances by genre vets Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Gerrit Graham and Dick Miller. The killbots ate surprisingly fast and are difficult to stop making them fun villains. My copy of this is film is horrible PAL version.
Chopping Mall was far better than I was expecting! The film is bonkers and the performances are far from great but the film still remained very enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised by this. It's enjoyable just for what it is.
I was not particularly fond of the ending though.
Another childhood memory. Hot half naked chicks being diced up by killer robots. I mean seriously, what more does a young kid need to be entertained?
Please do not ever trust a robot.
It was quite apt that the DVD I was watching was a transfer from a VHS master because this film turned 30 last night; I was happy with the excuse to toast it with a decadent Amaretto or four.
This is my favourite kind of exploitation film - one that plays out with a wee cheeky wink and a nod, like that framed picture of a topless Kurt Russell my auntie talks to in her kitchen.
The punchy script and combined efforts of the cast and crew make this one of the most on point Roger Corman productions.
When we get down to the final girl, the film starts to slow down a little but that's pretty much all I can fault this film for.
I'll be honest, it's tough to get through any film with Barbara Crampton without ripping the nut, but this is one of her films that's so much fun, I wait until afterwards.
All the white dudes looked so similar, I actually couldn't tell if there were four or five of them until the end credits. However, this had absolutely no bearing on the plot or my enjoyment of the film,
The 1980's manifested the peak of Capitalist Realist Horror Satire, an inversion of 1950's fears of Communist Mind control, relocated…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…