Chopping Mall (Killbots) Reviews

  • Jun 17, 2019

    so bad it's kind of good. laugh out loud stupid horror movie.

    so bad it's kind of good. laugh out loud stupid horror movie.

  • Apr 25, 2019

    Chopping Mall is a clichï¿ 1/2 (C) 80's film, which means it's full of horny teenagers, robots who shoot lasers and sleep darts, and abysmal dialogue. What more could you ask for? The Park Plaza Mall, our location in the film, has just installed a new state-of-the-art security system, complete with steel doors on the exits and three AI-controlled robots with the capability to detain and incapacitate thieves at large. Three sex-crazed couples, and one "doomed to survive" duo, decide to throw a party in one of the furniture stores in the mall where a few of them work. Multiple tit-shots ensue, and an obligatory "yes, yes, you're the king!" porno-esque dialogue is shared. Things are all going cordially until lightening strikes the mall, and the computer-controlled robots lose their ability to differentiate friend from foe. The movie then plays out quite how you'd expect. The latter 40ish minutes of the film consists of run, get trapped, fight robots, someone dies, rinse, and repeat. This may sound as a distasteful cash-grab on the Robocop and Short Circuit formula, but god, is it fun to watch. At the very least, the movie seems to acknowledge the absurdity of it's own plot, and in somewhat of a nod to the audience, embraces the fact that you know exactly what you're getting into when watching the film. Its contextual references to exploitation films of the past, notably the scene where Ferdy and Curly-hair watch "Attack of the Crab Monsters", show what the movie is getting at while still preserving the charm that the sleazy horror films asked of directors and actors in the 80's. The movie, obviously will strike you as one that is truly garbage. With that in mind, who doesn't love to watch things on fire, especially garbage? The acting can be laughable, the special effects are not great by any standards, and the gore is definitely lacking. The movie itself makes up for all of it's downfalls with it's charm, though. The movie is an invitation to laugh and cringe all at the same time, and never puts itself in a place where you think the creators are taking themselves too seriously. As a horror fan myself, something I could've done with more of is the gore. The scene where someone's head explodes is there, but even that is a quick shot and not as satisfying as going all out in a film like this. On a similar note, a few people also die from electrocution, and where's the fun in that when these robots are obviously able to explode heads and chuck propane cylinders? The movie does seem to tighten the rope the farther we get into the plot, probably in conjunction the more characters that die, and even at a runtime of 77 minutes, it can seem to be a bit boring at times. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that the surviving characters are your average celibate do-gooders of the 80's, and don't have much to offer us besides "thank you, have a nice day". Still though, what is to be expected in a movie of this caliber, it is harder to ask for deep complex characters in a film that lacks a lot of subtext and plot points to begin with. At it's best, Chopping Mall is a bad movie with good watchability, and for that I can't be mad at it. It's not an abysmal chef-d'oeuvre, or anything quite good for that matter, but the ride it took me on was enjoyable and the references and laughs I shared with it are ones that I appreciate. With the right friends (or drinks) I'd recommend this film on a night with nothing better to do.

    Chopping Mall is a clichï¿ 1/2 (C) 80's film, which means it's full of horny teenagers, robots who shoot lasers and sleep darts, and abysmal dialogue. What more could you ask for? The Park Plaza Mall, our location in the film, has just installed a new state-of-the-art security system, complete with steel doors on the exits and three AI-controlled robots with the capability to detain and incapacitate thieves at large. Three sex-crazed couples, and one "doomed to survive" duo, decide to throw a party in one of the furniture stores in the mall where a few of them work. Multiple tit-shots ensue, and an obligatory "yes, yes, you're the king!" porno-esque dialogue is shared. Things are all going cordially until lightening strikes the mall, and the computer-controlled robots lose their ability to differentiate friend from foe. The movie then plays out quite how you'd expect. The latter 40ish minutes of the film consists of run, get trapped, fight robots, someone dies, rinse, and repeat. This may sound as a distasteful cash-grab on the Robocop and Short Circuit formula, but god, is it fun to watch. At the very least, the movie seems to acknowledge the absurdity of it's own plot, and in somewhat of a nod to the audience, embraces the fact that you know exactly what you're getting into when watching the film. Its contextual references to exploitation films of the past, notably the scene where Ferdy and Curly-hair watch "Attack of the Crab Monsters", show what the movie is getting at while still preserving the charm that the sleazy horror films asked of directors and actors in the 80's. The movie, obviously will strike you as one that is truly garbage. With that in mind, who doesn't love to watch things on fire, especially garbage? The acting can be laughable, the special effects are not great by any standards, and the gore is definitely lacking. The movie itself makes up for all of it's downfalls with it's charm, though. The movie is an invitation to laugh and cringe all at the same time, and never puts itself in a place where you think the creators are taking themselves too seriously. As a horror fan myself, something I could've done with more of is the gore. The scene where someone's head explodes is there, but even that is a quick shot and not as satisfying as going all out in a film like this. On a similar note, a few people also die from electrocution, and where's the fun in that when these robots are obviously able to explode heads and chuck propane cylinders? The movie does seem to tighten the rope the farther we get into the plot, probably in conjunction the more characters that die, and even at a runtime of 77 minutes, it can seem to be a bit boring at times. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that the surviving characters are your average celibate do-gooders of the 80's, and don't have much to offer us besides "thank you, have a nice day". Still though, what is to be expected in a movie of this caliber, it is harder to ask for deep complex characters in a film that lacks a lot of subtext and plot points to begin with. At it's best, Chopping Mall is a bad movie with good watchability, and for that I can't be mad at it. It's not an abysmal chef-d'oeuvre, or anything quite good for that matter, but the ride it took me on was enjoyable and the references and laughs I shared with it are ones that I appreciate. With the right friends (or drinks) I'd recommend this film on a night with nothing better to do.

  • Feb 19, 2019

    Despite its low budget, Chopping Mall is easily an enjoyable, yet stupid B movie slasher.

    Despite its low budget, Chopping Mall is easily an enjoyable, yet stupid B movie slasher.

  • Sep 17, 2018

    Chopping Mall takes place entirely inside a mall. A group of horny teenagers romp in a mall and get left inside after shut down. The mall has recently installed high tech cameras and giant robots to safeguard the mall (!!!) and on the night the kids are locked in there happens a thunder strike that takes out all the computer boards. The Robots come alive, kill their caretakers and start hunting the mall. This is a fun flick that undeservedly got forgotten on release. Great performances from the young cast must be mentioned.(Pretty awesome sci-fi- took me by surprise).

    Chopping Mall takes place entirely inside a mall. A group of horny teenagers romp in a mall and get left inside after shut down. The mall has recently installed high tech cameras and giant robots to safeguard the mall (!!!) and on the night the kids are locked in there happens a thunder strike that takes out all the computer boards. The Robots come alive, kill their caretakers and start hunting the mall. This is a fun flick that undeservedly got forgotten on release. Great performances from the young cast must be mentioned.(Pretty awesome sci-fi- took me by surprise).

  • Sep 07, 2018

    This is a delightful little movie in the science fiction genre. Not that well known but still a cult hit for those that matter. Chopping Mall, as you righty guessed takes place entirely inside a mall. A group of horny teenagers romp in a mall and get left inside after shut down. The mall has recently installed high tech cameras and giant robots to safeguard the mall (!!!) and on the night the kids are locked in there happens a thunder strike that takes out all the computer boards. The Robots come alive, kill their caretakers and start hunting the mall. This is a fun flick that undeservedly got forgotten on release. Great performances from the young cast must be mentioned.

    This is a delightful little movie in the science fiction genre. Not that well known but still a cult hit for those that matter. Chopping Mall, as you righty guessed takes place entirely inside a mall. A group of horny teenagers romp in a mall and get left inside after shut down. The mall has recently installed high tech cameras and giant robots to safeguard the mall (!!!) and on the night the kids are locked in there happens a thunder strike that takes out all the computer boards. The Robots come alive, kill their caretakers and start hunting the mall. This is a fun flick that undeservedly got forgotten on release. Great performances from the young cast must be mentioned.

  • Aug 14, 2018

    This is a delightful little movie in the science fiction genre. Not that well known but still a cult hit for those that matter. Chopping Mall, as you righty guessed takes place entirely inside a mall. A group of horny teenagers romp in a mall and get left inside after shut down. The mall has recently installed high tech cameras and giant robots to safeguard the mall (!!!) and on the night the kids are locked in there happens a thunder strike that takes out all the computer boards. The Robots come alive, kill their caretakers and start hunting the mall. This is a fun flick that undeservedly got forgotten on release. Great performances from the young cast must be mentioned.

    This is a delightful little movie in the science fiction genre. Not that well known but still a cult hit for those that matter. Chopping Mall, as you righty guessed takes place entirely inside a mall. A group of horny teenagers romp in a mall and get left inside after shut down. The mall has recently installed high tech cameras and giant robots to safeguard the mall (!!!) and on the night the kids are locked in there happens a thunder strike that takes out all the computer boards. The Robots come alive, kill their caretakers and start hunting the mall. This is a fun flick that undeservedly got forgotten on release. Great performances from the young cast must be mentioned.

  • Aug 10, 2018

    Once you get passed the misleading title and some of the poorly aged effects, it's actually a fun little horror movie about killbots chasing a bunch of teenagers arrive a mall. It also stands as one of the few 80s bodycount movies to feature female protagonists proactively take charge and kick some serious ass. It's a fun time.

    Once you get passed the misleading title and some of the poorly aged effects, it's actually a fun little horror movie about killbots chasing a bunch of teenagers arrive a mall. It also stands as one of the few 80s bodycount movies to feature female protagonists proactively take charge and kick some serious ass. It's a fun time.

  • Aug 09, 2018

    This is a delightful little movie in the science fiction genre. Not that well known but still a cult hit for those that matter. Chopping Mall, as you righty guessed takes place entirely inside a mall. A group of horny teenagers romp in a mall and get left inside after shut down. The mall has recently installed high tech cameras and giant robots to safeguard the mall (!!!) and on the night the kids are locked in there happens a thunder strike that takes out all the computer boards. The Robots come alive, kill their caretakers and start hunting the mall. This is a fun flick that undeservedly got forgotten on release. Great performances from the young cast must be mentioned.

    This is a delightful little movie in the science fiction genre. Not that well known but still a cult hit for those that matter. Chopping Mall, as you righty guessed takes place entirely inside a mall. A group of horny teenagers romp in a mall and get left inside after shut down. The mall has recently installed high tech cameras and giant robots to safeguard the mall (!!!) and on the night the kids are locked in there happens a thunder strike that takes out all the computer boards. The Robots come alive, kill their caretakers and start hunting the mall. This is a fun flick that undeservedly got forgotten on release. Great performances from the young cast must be mentioned.

  • Jun 27, 2018

    A fun cheesy movie with a great terrifying story that makes it hard for you to sleep.

    A fun cheesy movie with a great terrifying story that makes it hard for you to sleep.

  • Feb 06, 2018

    80s cinematic splendor. Everything you want from an 80s science fiction slasher film. From high waisted jeans too Technicolor lasers, this movie is a 75 min masterpiece of bad horror.

    80s cinematic splendor. Everything you want from an 80s science fiction slasher film. From high waisted jeans too Technicolor lasers, this movie is a 75 min masterpiece of bad horror.