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Chopping Mall (1986)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alison Parks
... Ferdy Meisel
... Rick Stanton
... Linda Stanton
... Suzie Lynn
... Greg Williams
... Mike Brennan
... Leslie Todd
... Paul Bland
... Mary Bland
... Walter Paisley
... Technician Nessler
... Cook
... Miss Vanders
... Dr. Stan Simon
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Storyline

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 lockdown before they can get out, the robot security system malfunctions 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 'til morning when the mall reopens. Written by Lindsey Wilhite (amity1382@msn.com) with punctuation corrections by Brx

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21 March 1986 (USA)  »

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Killbots  »

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$800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Shot in twenty-two days. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Mike: You always get your way don't you?
Leslie: When I'm happy, everybody's happy.
Mike: That's for sure... hand me my badge, would ya?
Leslie: What's the magic word?
Mike: Hand me my badge... please
[she hands him the badge]
Mike: Thank you.
Leslie: Oh, Mike...
Mike: What?
Leslie: [flashes him] Hurry back.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the name of each actor appears over their photo. However, the name of the person whose character is decapitated appears over a photo of their headless shoulders. See more »

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References The Thing from Another World (1951) See more »

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Streetwalkin'
(uncredited)
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 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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