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Chopping Mall (1986)

 -  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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Alison Parks
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Ferdy Meisel
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Rick Stanton
Karrie Emerson ...
Linda Stanton
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Suzie Lynn
Nick Segal ...
Greg Williams
John Terlesky ...
Mike Brennan
Suzee Slater ...
Leslie Todd
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Technician Nessler
Mel Welles ...
Cook
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Miss Vanders
Paul Coufos ...
Dr. Stan Simon
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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 (amity1382@msn.com)

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Where shopping can cost you an arm and a leg. See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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21 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killbots  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Debra Blee was originally cast as Linda Stanton, but dropped out prior to the shooting of the film. Blee was subsequently replaced by Karrie Emerson. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Greg: Oh! Fuck the fuchsia it's Friday!
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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 »


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Streetwalkin'
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Written and Produced by Michael Ender and Odette Springer
Performed by Sylvia St. James
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Good B-movie
10 November 2002 | by (Charleston, SC) – See all my reviews

I caught this one really late at night back in 1995, and I must say, I enjoyed it. It went under it's other name, Killbots, during that showing, and with a name like that, you know it's going to be cheesy and stupid. Cheesy it is, stupid it ain't.

Forget the misleading title or cover art on the box, this movie is very entertaining if you like b-movies. I don't know why, but for once in a long while, especially in an 80's horror flick I was actually feeling for the characters. I can't explain why, but the acting and direction were both well done, and though it's more of a horror spoof than anything, it is quite a frightening concept. Though some of the deaths are stupid and the action scenes unrealistic, I couldn't help but see the similarities between this and Dawn of the Dead. I mean, these kids, once they figure out what's going on (and witness the famous head exloding scene) they wage war with the robots...I mean they break out a freaking arsenal and lay waste to these things (yeah, like Dawn of the Dead, what kind of mall would have firearms in it? I mean, one guy has an M-16 assault rifle!), though I can't remember them ever reloading once...it's all in good b-movie fun. The major complaints I have with this one is that, like I said before, some of the deaths are 'throw away', obvious and without style (most of the movie, they are running from cheesy 80's laser effects shooting all around them, but never hitting them...of course, when they do finally make contact, you never expect it), but it is still a good movie to watch on a boring friday night with friends and a couple cases of beer. I love the quote that the robots say every time that they dispatch one of the teens. It is simply priceless. Also, watch for Barabara Crampton of Re-Animator fame as one of the horny teenagers.

Overall not bad, and when I think of the title and what this movie is, I'm surprising myself in giving it a 8/10.


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