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Say what you will about the title, there's no denying that Chopping Mall has one of the great taglines ever - "Where Shopping Costs You an Arm and a Leg!"
Its no-fills exploitation ethos is infectious, and you can't help but admire its economy, even if that fantastic title is just a tad misleading
Disreputably fun... just about the best low-budget movie about killer robots destroying a shopping mall that can ever be produced.
...the film features horny teens being chased around a shopping mall by clunky robots that shoot lasers. What more do you need to know?
Robot killers in a mall. Like 'Dawn of the Dead' done by dorks.
Goofball horror flick is salvaged by a quick pace and diverting sense of humor.
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.
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.").
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. :)
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.
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