CHOPPING MALL (1986)
posted 02/13/2013

Directed by:
Jim Wynorski

Starring:
Kelli Maroney ... Alison Parks
Tony O'Dell ... Ferdy Meisel
Russell Todd ... Rick Stanton
Karrie Emerson ... Linda Stanton

Country: USA
Runtime: 77 min
AKA: Killbots
       
   
   

After watching this movie I decided the best way to review this mediocre film would be in question and answer format. Directed by Jim Wynorski (Not of this Earth, Deathstalker II, Dinocroc vs. Supergator, The Bare Wench Project) and starring Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet), Chopping Mall goes through the motions and gets caught in the murky cloud of 1980s flops.

Q- So what is this movie about?
A- Eight teens are trapped inside a shopping mall where three robots chase them around trying to kill them.

Q-Any subplots, character drama or creative plot developments?
A- Eight teens are trapped inside a shopping mall where three robots chase them around trying to kill them.

Q- Tell me about these kids?
A- Alison (Maroney) is set up on a blind date with Ferdy - the rest of the nondescript cast are busy planning a booze and sex party at the mall after closing hours in a furniture store that looks too much like a living room. There is dancing, intercourse and two of the girls show off their boobs.

Q- And what about the robots?
A- Secure-Tronics Unlimited fashioned these mall cop robots to patrol the place after-hours and prevent thievery and vandalism. They are built like a four foot midget tank with a flat head, extending arms and equipped with sleep darts, stun gun and 80s red and blue lasers. Oh, and director Jim Wynorski plays the voice of the robots. They say "Halt, show me your ID" and basic stuff like that.

Q- How do they get out of control?
A- A lightning storm fries roof equipment.

Q- What happens next?
A- Eight teens are trapped inside a shopping mall where three robots chase them around trying to kill them.

Q- How are the kills?
A- We have electrocutions, laser blasts and a robot shoves a dude off the third floor. Despite the title nothing is chopped, severed or hacked. A laser blast explodes a girl’s head off which I must admit was a nice surprise, like the tits I mentioned earlier.

Q- Do the kids fight back and kill the robots?
A- They set up explosions…so the robots explode and die.

Q- Would you recommend this film?
A- This movie is pretty run-of the-mill stuff. But if you love bad movies as much as I do, then your curiosity might get the best of you - just don’t say I didn’t warn you.

- Jorge Antonio Lopez

 

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