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Chopping Mall (1986)

Angela Aames , Paul Bartel  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Angela Aames, Paul Bartel, Paul Coufos, Barbara Crampton, Karrie Emerson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002DB5PO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,930 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chopping Mall" on IMDb

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Some people will kill for a bargain...and at the Park Plaza Mall they do! Here, you can shop until you drop...dead! High tech robots equipped with state-of-the-art security devices have been recruited as the new mechanical "night watchmen" for the Park Plaza Mall. When a jolting bolt of lightning short circuits the main computer control, the robots turn into "killbots"...on the loose after unsuspecting shoppers. Four couples are trying to make it after-hours in a mattress store. They make it all the morgue! At Park Plaza Mall, you can save on everything but your life! Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov of the hit thriller EATING RAOUL are reunited, plus Russell Todd(FRIDAY THE 13TH), Barbara Crampton(RE-ANIMATOR, FROM BEYOND) and Tony O'Dell(THE KARATE KID) CHOPPING MALL...where they slash their prices and their customers!

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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Park Plaza Mall is slashing prices...and its customers! September 8, 2004
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Having never seen Chopping Mall (1986) and knowing almost nothing about the film, the title conjured thoughts of a slasher film, a very popular and overused genre throughout the 80's, set in the confines of a shopping mall, a very popular destination in the 80's. Had they stuck with the original title of Killbots, I may not have been so quick to assign my preconceptions to the film, but either way, this was a pretty fun film, if you are interested in 80's horror films with a side order of science fiction.

Co-written by Steve Mitchell, whose main credits include writing for the oh so 80's cartoons Jem! and Transformers, and Jim Wynorski (who also directed the film along with a plethora of sequels to other films including Big Bad Mama II (1987), The Return of Swamp Thing (1989), Sorority House Massacre II (1990), 976-EVIL 2: The Astral Factor (1991), among others...) features a cast that reads like a B-movie fan's dream, including Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Zoe Kelli Simon, aka Kelli Maroney, (Night of the Comet), Russell Todd (Friday the 13th Part 2), Nick Segal (Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo), and Tony O'Dell, who also appeared in not only the first Karate Kid, but its' subsequent sucky sequel (love that Ralph Macchio...). Also, making cameo appearances are B-movie legends Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov (playing the same characters they did in the film Eating Raoul), Gerrit Graham, as a technician (I most remember his part from the Kurt Russell film Used Cars (1980) but he's been in a ton of films), and Dick Miller, as a janitor named Walter Paisley, a name he's used for a number of characters in movies he's been in, going all the way back to original appearance as the name for the main character in the film A Bucket of Blood (1959).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killer Robots! Oh Yeah!... January 17, 2006
Yes, CHOPPING MALL is a dumb and deceiving title for this movie. KILLBOTS (the original title) is superior and more truthful. At any rate, I like this one a lot. The idea of killer robots chasing kids trapped in a mall after hours, is my kind of story! Plus, I get to see one of my favorite 80s horror babes, Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak) running around screaming and bursting into flames! CM has plenty of action, humor, nudity, and violence. The cameos of Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, and Dick Miller are cool. Also, there's "Peckinpah's Sporting Goods" (loaded w/ artillery of course), and "Roger's Little Shop Of Pets" in the mall! So, if you drool over killer robots and / or Barbara Crampton like I do, then this is the perfect DVD purchase! Would make a great film-fest w/ ROBOCOP, THE TERMINATOR, and WESTWORLD...
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Movie A Good DVD August 19, 2004
I never thought I would see this movie released on DVD. And if I did I would have guessed it would have been ultra bare bones. But I have to say, this release was pretty good.

The movie itself is a fun, cheap 80's flick, with some better special effects than a normal movie of this caliber would have. The acting is decent. The script is campy, but fast paced enough. The characters are okay, and work well within the story, and the direction is actually pretty good, considering how cheap this movie was. Watching this movie made me realize how different the B-Movie market was then. Now you get a movie with almost no style, and a lot of point and shoot direction. The movies now usually look like they were filmed in someones back yard (and probably were), and had his neighbors do the acting. Then you had a movie that had decent direction, actual working actors, and some minor semblance of dignity. Over all the movie is an 7/10. It's pretty good, but needed a little work in the final act.

The disc for Chopping Mall is actually way better than the price, or cheap cover art would let on. For starters, the extras are actually decent, with an informative documentry on the making of the KillBots, which then goes in to the production on the film a bit. Why Lions Gate went and did this, I don't kno, but I'm glad they did. It's a nice extra, which is informative. There is also a commentary, which I haven't listened to. But the fact that Lions Gate even bothered is a plus in there case. You also get the theatrical trailer to the film. The picture for the disc, while somewhat soft, is very good. I mean, the movie is old, and the original prints are probably damaged, so the fact that the movie looks as good as it does is a major plus.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LET THE KILLING BEGIN ! ! April 2, 2008
The Park Plaza Mall security has just gone high tech, leaving its unsuspecting mall shoppers dying to get out,they just don't know it yet. This new breed of mechanical security guard has been created and recruited specifically to be the new "night watchman" for the Park Plaza Shopping mall. After a series of freak electrical strikes and short circuits to the computers main system all hell breaks loose and the shopping mall has now become the "Chopping Mall". Those unfortunate to be locked in are in for a deadly surprise. Due to a number of power surges the mechanical menaces have now powered up on their own to become "Killbots". Once activated the "Killbots" only objective is to kill mall intruders by any means possible and most of the deaths are carried out in gruesome fashion.

I really enjoyed this typical 1980's teenage B slasher flick and it's definitely worth a look for fans of this genre. Four pairs of horny teenage mall workers come up with an idea to have a party in the malls furniture and bedding store for some teenage fun and frolic after the malls shoppers have cleared out. It doesn't take long for the killing to begin because the "Killbots" soon discover the teenager's party playground and their fun and frolic quickly turns to all out fear. Faced with no other alternative the teenagers decide to band together to fight their way past the "Killbots" to escape the "Chopping Mall" and not become the "killbots" next victim.

This movie has a little bit of everything featuring Nudity, sexual situations and plenty of carnage. As for the movie itself its pretty good and the audio and video transfer is pretty decent although a little dark and mirky in some spots. Lions Gate films has included some nice bonus features in this DVD release making it worth the money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars robots robots robots
a wonderful old school horror movie with robots run amok
Published 26 days ago by J. Baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars Campy 80's Horror Gold
A group of teenagers working in a mall decide to get together for a all night party of their lives. When the mall goes on lock down before they are able to get out, the robot... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Sommerfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old movie
Published 2 months ago by Ivette Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is a Great movie from the 80s, I saw it in VHS long time ago, but I Wanna Know if this dvd release has Spanish Subtitles? Read more
Published 3 months ago by jose luis
1.0 out of 5 stars Gratuitously Indulgent at Every Opportunity
A fistful of teenaged mall employees hold a drunken after-hours orgy at the end of their shift, just days after the installation of three roving anti-theft robots on the premises. Read more
Published 5 months ago by drqshadow
5.0 out of 5 stars I really like the movie Chopping Mall
I saw this movie when I was around 14 it is a low budget horror movie from the 80s but it has an interesting storyline to it, about killer robots after these group of teenagers. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything I miss about the 80s; awful, cheesy, cheap,...
There's nothing iconic about this bad 80s sci-fi/horror and I'm not saying it should be on your "must see list. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John's Horror Corner
2.0 out of 5 stars Chopping Stall
This movie was just inadequate. First off, the DVD quality is sub par at best, failing to reach an acceptable slasher standard. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, and the special features
Classic 80's B Horror movie, fun to watch and the special features was interesting. I love reliving the 80's and this film brought me back.
Published 12 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Robots, Naked Females, And Made In The 80s!!
Well, finally I can write a good review! Where to begin...the movie is just a lot of fun. You have some crazy storyline that no one seems to question. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D E S T R O Y E R 2037
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