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Chopping Mall (Killbots) (1986)


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Release Date: Mar 21, 1986 Wide



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This high-tech spin on the slasher genre pits a group of sex-obsessed teens spending the night in a shopping mall against the mall's marauding robotic security guards -- whose programming turns homicidal after a bolt of lightning scrambles their control circuits. Director Jim Wynorski cut his exploitation teeth working for Roger Corman's legendary "B"-movie factory New World Pictures in the '70s and '80s, and this film's comic early scenes contain homages to that outfit's heyday -- with humorous

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

July 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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?

November 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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

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.
December 23, 2011
Lee ?

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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.").
October 19, 2011
Cory Taylor

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This is another great machines gone crazy movie, this time taking place at a mall after hours, which is always scary. I loved this techno terror film.
January 24, 2011

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