Chopping Mall (1986)

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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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mall | teenager | robot | night | party | See All (103) »


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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

21 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killbots  »

Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The horror movie that Allison (Kelli Maroney) and Ferdy (Tony O'Dell) are watching in the furniture store is Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957), another Roger Corman movie. See more »


Throughout the entire movie, people can be seen walking around in the background on different floors of the mall, even though it's supposed to be closed. See more »


Linda: I'm sorry. It's not you, Ferdy. I guess I'm just not used to running around a shopping mall in the middle of the night being chased by killer robots.
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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 Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps (2013) See more »


Written and Produced by Michael Ender and Odette Springer
Performed by Sylvia St. James
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Silly and cheap but fun
8 April 2004 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

CHOPPING MALL is one of those cheapies made in the 1980s that was probably green-lighted because of the expanding video market. Even though it was released theatrically, CHOPPING MALL looks more like a direct-to-video movie than anything else. The video I saw had a terrible transfer (out of focus and murky) and the cheesiness of it all could have made this a chore to sit through but even with those things going against it, the film was fun and fast paced. It's totally played for laughs and never takes itself seriously. The upbeat goofiness basically saves CHOPPING MALL from the usually unwatchable Concord/New World junk.

It's a definite minor Cult film.

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