Chopping Mall (1986)

Posted: March 17, 2013 in Movie Review
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Chopping Mall

Directed By: Jim Wynorski

Starring: Kelli Maroney, Barbara Crampton, Tony O’Dell, Russell Todd, Karrie Emerson

Subgenre: Sci Fi Horror

Synopsis: Rogue security robots stalk a group of teens that decided to party overnight at the mall.

Thoughts: Oh what a difference a name can make.  Originally released as Killbots, this little tale of deadly robots bombed at the box office.  When it was rereleased as Chopping Mall and given a sweet promo poster, it did much better.  The funny thing is, the poster doesn’t really portray the movie at all as it features a decayed severed hand holding a shopping bag with a head in it. I guess it just goes to show the power of advertising, even if it is false advertising.

Chopping Mall features two of my favorite genre ladies of the 80s in Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator). They are really the only two faces you will recognize unless you were a big Head of the Class fan back in the day, then you might recognize Tony O’Dell too.  It’s always a pleasure to watch them work, but I must say that I prefer seeing Crampton in her Stuart Gordon flicks.  Maybe it’s the Lovecraftian influence.

When I started looking through Director Jim Wynorski’s filmography, I was surprised to see Chopping Mall was one of his first flicks, but also surprised at how many movies this guys has pumped out over the years.  He seems to have switched from the horror genre to soft-core porn, but I’m not one to judge, we all need to make a living.  I was also surprised at just how many of his genre movies I had seen (976-EVIL II, Munchie, Ghoulies IV).  He does a solid job here with keeping the story moving and lets the movie focus on its selling point, killer robots.

Chopping Mall is a fun movie. It never takes itself too seriously which is key to its success.  This is one flick I would love to see get a sweet Blu Ray release, but until then, I will live with the 8 movie set that I have.

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