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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.
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!!
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…
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…
how many times were they gonna shoot the robots before they figured out it ain't gonna work!!
This movie is pure cheese and I mean that in the best possible way. If I rated this on nothing other than enjoyment factor it would be a high 4 stars. It's got synth, guns, boobs, killer robots, 80s fashion, American malls the way I grew up on. Roger Corman produced it, which is always awesome and director Jim Wynorski pulled together a somewhat coherent and action packed story with a shoestring budget. Barbara Crampton cements herself as a scream queen in this, and Kelli Maroney really cements the fact that she needs to stay the fuck out of shopping malls.
Perhaps the quickest horror film I've ever seen (76 minutes including credits), Chopping Mall is some delightfully dumb shit. Seriously, it's one of the stupidest films I've ever seen, but with a beer & pizza, it's perfectly fine 80's slasher fare.
Also bonus points for the fucking hilarious death scene of Russell Todd. Dude dies by crashing into a Killbot at like 3mph.
Bonus BONUS points for the hilarious explosions...they're glorified sparklers.
I love this movie. Not in an ironic way. I really love it. It's the kind of movie where everyone knew what they were making and decided to play it all completely straight faced, a concept that many of today's filmmakers just don't get. Turn off your brain and let yourself have a good time because this one really is a ton of fun. It's one I return to often.
Usually for a low-budget flick, coming up with a clever title like "Chopping Mall" is where all creativity ends, but this is a pretty inventive B-movie all the way through. Roger Corman was known as a filmmaker to heavily borrow ideas from other larger, more successful features but this may be the only case in recorded history where his movie is the trendsetter.
This came out over a full year before the hit "RoboCop," and there are several noteworthy similarities between the two. This is also perhaps the first instance of a taser being used in any kind of law enforcement capacity, and in those respects, this was ahead of its time.
The story is a lot of fun, and…
In this so-80s-it-hurts camp classic from Roger Corman, a group of teenage mall employees plan an epic after-hours party once the stores close. Unfortunately their revelry is rudely interrupted by the mall's trio of high tech security robots, who are transformed into mechanical killing machines when lightning zotzes their main computer. Hilarity, of course, ensues.
Goofy (on purpose), violent, action packed fun that features one of the best exploding head scenes ever put to celluloid.
Disappointing and plain mediocre 80s horror that stinks of waster potential.
I'm so annoyed at my sheer indifference towards this film. It's a plan waste of potential, and I was so looking forward to this film.
It's not fun at all, and because it tries to play it serious, it's really quite boring. It's not even a bad film you can laugh at. It's just a mediocre film that instills only indifference.
I'm very disappointed. It could have been so good. I was so looking forward to how cool and fun this would be.
I just can't believe that with this title and premise, they decided to not make it comedic, campy, or fun.
In the film, it's annoying how…
So 80's that the Cabbage Patch doll I was watching it with actually looked up from its Light Bright and said, "Tone it down a bit."
The immediate inclusion of Eating Raul guest stars sets the tone for the film. It lacks that film's wit most of the time, but there were a few clever references (Peckinpah's Sporting Goods for an arsenal of weaponry) and oddball asides (Nice shot! - Dad was a marine.)
There was fun to be had although the nature of a Short Circuit horror film is a strange aspiration. It's kind of sad to watch Jim Wynorski's career arc go from tasteful trash to cheesy filth to Cinemax Late Night Fare (which is several steps bellow…
Jim Wynorski's masterpiece. This cheesy robot slasher is fun, sexy, and features a surprisingly intuitive color scheme.
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All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…