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Chopping Mall (1986) Poster

(1986)

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Continuity 

When the guys leave the gun store, they stand around and talk for a minute. During this scene, Ferdy alternates between holding his revolver with two hands and holding it with one hand and a propane tank in the other.
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When Alison hangs over the railing to escape the robot, the rail that she hangs by changes frequently, even though she doesn't climb up or down.
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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.
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Suzie is killed when one of the robots blows up a gasoline can in her hand with a laser. Yet, when we see Suzie's burning body, the gasoline can is still intact.
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Factual errors 

Gasoline cans in stores are always empty. There was no place for the girls to get gas to fill them.
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Unless incendiary ammunition is used, bullets puncture propane tanks but do not cause them to explode.
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The gasoline can that Allison shoves towards the robot spreads a pool of burning gasoline, but nothing caused the can to rupture. To be effective, gasoline bombs need to be made from something breakable.
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Plot holes 

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.
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Revealing mistakes 

In the fight with the last killbot, Ferdy shoots eight shots from a six shot revolver.
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When Alison is getting attacked in the pet store by one of the killbots, several tarantulas and even a snake crawl on her as she hides under a shelf, all clearly live animals. Once the killbot leaves and she emerges from her hiding place, it is clear the spiders placed on her are just plastic toys as they fall off with no movement of their own and are much smaller than the live tarantulas.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

When Leslie gets concerned that Mike hasn't returned with her cigarettes, she goes into the mall looking for him. Right around the time she finds him you can see a side-shot of Mike's dead body where he is clearly moving his toes even though he's suppose to be dead.
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Mike is killed by having his throat torn open, but he doesn't bleed until Leslie moves him. Even then, his wound barely bleeds.
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During the scene where they first show Alison hanging from the railing it's suppose to appear that she's reaching for a part of the railing. The shot is not edited enough because you can see that she's not actually reaching but just flexing her hand.
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Revealing mistakes 

Just before "Technician Marty" is killed, you can see the pre-made cuts in the centerfold picture before the robot reaches through it.
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After Rick is killed by one of the killbots, electrocuting himself in the process, there is a shot of him lying down on the ground, gun in hand, next to the malfunctioning killbot. However, it is clearly just a mannequin with a gun placed on top of its hand.
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