Chopping Mall (Killbots) (1986)


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R.O.B.O.T. and KillBots were both alternate titles for the tongue-in-cheek "dead teenager" flick Chopping Mall. A crime-ridden shopping mall installs robot security guards, programmed to neutralize their foes with laser blasts and sundry other deadly devices. A lightning bolt causes these robots to go berserk, kill their creators, and wander around the mall looking for people to maim and mangle. The requisite teenagers show up, and are promptly besieged by the rogue robots. Kelli Maroney and … More

Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Steven Long Mitchell, Jim Wynorski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 17, 2004
Concorde Pictures



as Alison Parks

as Ferdy Meisel

as Mike Brennan

as Paul Bland

as Rick Stanton

as Linda Stanton

as Suzie Lynn

as Greg Williams

as Leslee Todd

as Mary Bland

as Walter Paisley

as Cook

as Miss Vanders

as Dr. Carrington

as Dr. Simon

as Technician Nessler

as Mr. Todd

as Janitor

as Burglar

as Dr. Carrington

as Technician Marty

as Bathing Beauty

as Girl in Restaurant
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Critic Reviews for Chopping Mall (Killbots)

All Critics (7)

Disreputably fun... just about the best low-budget movie about killer robots destroying a shopping mall that can ever be produced.

Full Review… | July 31, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

...the film features horny teens being chased around a shopping mall by clunky robots that shoot lasers. What more do you need to know?

Full Review… | November 26, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

Robot killers in a mall. Like 'Dawn of the Dead' done by dorks.

May 13, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Goofball horror flick is salvaged by a quick pace and diverting sense of humor.

July 27, 2002

August 16, 2005

January 24, 2004
IGN Movies

Audience Reviews for Chopping Mall (Killbots)

Silly, cheesy fun that's sure to raise a smile among 80s b-movie horror fans. The plot has three new security robots go on a manhunt around a shopping mall after malfunctioning during a lightning storm. Very 80s stuff with the typical cliched cannon fodderof horny teens. It's actually more action that horror as the would-be heroes amass a sizeable arsenal to defeat the crazed Killbots... but that doesn't stop some of them meeting a bloody end. It's laughably bad but entertaining for sure.

Lee ?

Super Reviewer

After a 'Robocop'-esque infomercial satirizing the "neutralization" of a criminal, 'Chopping Mall' is a wacky B-movie that exudes a jovially fun attitude that removes the drive-in idiocy of the high-concept. Like the Universal classic 'Frankenstein' and, to a lesser extent, 'Friday the 13th: Jason Lives', lightning is the catalyst for the robot's blood-soaked carnage. The mall setting is perfect for eclectic locales and weapons to duel against the robots such as gasoline cans, a paint store and automatic machineguns in a hunting store. The film is concise, explosively self-effacing in it's humor (with a cameo from Joe Dante regular Dick Miller who scolds the robot for spilling his mop bucket) and truculently aware of it's absurdist plotline ("It's alright. I guess I'm not used to being stuck in a mall, chased by killer robots.").

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


A pretty silly 80's horror movie...or any decade, for that matter. It does have several things going for it though. The yummy Barbara Crampton for one, Dick Miller for another and a really horrible 80's cheese synthesizer score. Other than the head-exploding scene, there isn't really that much horror on display. It's a fun movie though. The terrible dialogue will keep you smiling. :)

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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