Chopping Mall (1986)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  21 March 1986 (USA)
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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Parks
Ferdy Meisel
Rick Stanton
Karrie Emerson ...
Linda Stanton
Suzie Lynn
Nick Segal ...
Greg Williams
John Terlesky ...
Mike Brennan
Suzee Slater ...
Leslie Todd
Technician Nessler
Mel Welles ...
Miss Vanders
Paul Coufos ...
Dr. Stan Simon


A group of teenagers that work at the mall all get together for a late night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock down before they can get out, The robot security system activates after a malfunction and goes on a killing spree. One by one the three bots try to rid the mall of the "Intruders". The only weapons the kids can use are the supplies in other stores. Or...if they can make it till morning when the mall opens back up Written by Lindsey Wilhite (

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Release Date:

21 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killbots  »

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$800,000 (estimated)

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Body count : 10. See more »


When the robot blows up the gas can in Suzie's hand, the only thing that burns is Suzie's body. The explosion should have sent burning fuel all over the place. See more »


[repeated line after the robots kill someone]
Killbots: Thank you... have a nice day.
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Crazy Credits

Robot rolls up to camera and says: "Thank you. Have a nice day." (Movie's plot is that security robots run amuck at a shopping mall and that's what they said after they'd killed somebody). See more »


Referenced in The American Nightmare (2000) See more »


Written and Produced by Michael Ender and Odette Springer
Performed by Sylvia St. James
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Predictable, but still a blast and a must-see.
18 March 2001 | by (portland, OR) – See all my reviews

This film isn't half as gory as it's name and the box (which shows a metal hand holding a shopping bag filled with dismembered parts,) would have you think. The victims here die by lazer blasts, or are electicuted, or are dropped off high ledges. One girl is burned to death. The film's dummy title,"Killbots", is probably far more appropriate for this particular movie. The plot: at a shopping mall, presumably sometime in the not-too-distant future, a super computer is installed which is activated at night. It activates solid steal doors which seal off the enterances, making breaking in (and getting out,) almost impossible. The computer also controlls three high tech security robots, known as "protector" units. Then, one night, there is a thunder storm. Lightning strikes the antena on the roof of the mall, scrambling the computer's circuts, and the computer turns the protector robots into killing machines. After offing two techinitians hired to operate the computer overnight, and a janitor, (B-movie vet Dick Miller,) the protector units go after four teenage couples who've decided to spend the night in a mattress store for an orgy. Anybody who's familar with the teen extermination flicks of the 80's, or who've seen "Scream", will figure out right when the couples get together who will live and who will die. But the film is still worth seeing just for Keli Maroney's preformance as Alyson. She manages to play a strong female heroine without becoming a male clone. Her charecter is comparable to Ripley from the "Alien" series. Also, unlike some splatter movies, this one's more interesting in that the young people find out right away what's going on, and then they all battle the robots together, instead of one person getting seperated and killed, one by one until there's only one left. This is a definete must-see.

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