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Chopping Mall (1986)

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A group of young shopping mall employees stay behind 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 malfunctions, and goes on a killing spree.

Director:

Jim Wynorski

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelli Maroney ... Alison Parks
Tony O'Dell ... Ferdy Meisel
Russell Todd ... Rick Stanton
Karrie Emerson ... Linda Stanton
Barbara Crampton ... Suzie Lynn
Nick Segal ... Greg Williams
John Terlesky ... Mike Brennan
Suzee Slater ... Leslie Todd
Paul Bartel ... Paul Bland
Mary Woronov ... Mary Bland
Dick Miller ... Walter Paisley
Gerrit Graham ... Technician Nessler
Mel Welles ... Cook
Angela Aames ... Miss Vanders
Paul Coufos ... Dr. Stan Simon
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Storyline

The Park Plaza 2000 Shopping Center is implementing a new nighttime security system developed and monitored by Secure-tronics. While part of that system is fortifying the interior with impenetrable doors timed to be secured from midnight to 6AM, the core of the system is three 101 series Protector robots who are programmed to neutralize any non-authorized personnel until the police arrive. On the first night of this new system, eight (four pairs) of the younger shopping center employees are secretly planning on an after hours party at the home furnishings store in the mall, so chosen for the beds and couches for more intimate pursuits. Set up on a blind date, Ferdy Meisel and Alison Parks are the two somewhat reluctant attendees, mild-mannered Ferdy worried about the state of the store after the fact, it where he works, and proverbial girl next door Alison, who has only worked at the mall for a week, not knowing anyone at the party besides her coworker Suzie Lynn. Their party takes a ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Shop til you drop, dead! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Trailer narrated by Percy Rodrigues. 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

[first lines]
[in a darkened deserted mall after hours, a burglar has just smashed and grabbed items in a case at a jewelry store, and is escaping through the empty mall]
Killbots: [from behind the burglar] Stop right there.
[the burglar turns around pulling out his gun, pointing it at whoever is speaking to him]
Killbots: Stop right there and surrender your weapon.
Burglar: [smiling as he sees it is only a robot, and takes aim with his gun and shoots at it] Whatever you say.
[...]
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The TV network version has some minutes of aerial stock footage of Los Angeles added, as well as some more voice-over dialoge between the robot technicians and more scenes of Alison and Ferdy watching Attack Of The Crab Monsters on the TV set. See more »

Connections

References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Streetwalkin'
(uncredited)
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 davek17See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killbots See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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