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.




  • Nick Segal and Russell Todd in Chopping Mall (1986)
  • John Terlesky in Chopping Mall (1986)
  • Suzee Slater in Chopping Mall (1986)
  • Suzee Slater and John Terlesky in Chopping Mall (1986)
  • John Terlesky in Chopping Mall (1986)
  • Chuck Cirino in Chopping Mall (1986)

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7 December 2001 | BHorrorWriter
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Well, there is a whole lot of cheese in Chopping Mall. Remembering this movie from my childhood, I was compelled to rent it last night. Well, I am glad I did! Yeah, there isn't anything spectacular about the movie...There is a lot of Cheese (Automatic Rifles in a Mall?), but it still stands out as one of the better B-movies of the 80's.

The Robots are pretty decent looking. The acting is typical for the genre and timeframe. The head explosion scene is just classic.

I now feel compelled to track this down on Ebay, since I don't see an American DVD release anytime soon...

Rent it and just enjoy the actual quality to this b-movie. I don't mean the acting, but the scenery and the robots. The CGI is laughable...but, that is another topic...

7 out of 10

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Jim Wynorski says Kelli Maroney was cast because he "had seen Kelli in a couple of things and I wanted to date her. So, I figured the one way to make that happen was to put her in a movie." She replaced Dana Kimmell, who had been cast on the strength of her performance in Lone Wolf McQuade (1983). Dana "did not want to do anything that was sexual," according to Mitchell. "So Jim was very quick to say, 'Well, she's out, let's get Kelli,' who was pretty much game for anything." Karrie Emerson also replaced someone else.


Killbots: Stop right there.
Killbots: Stop right there and surrender your weapon.
Burglar: Whatever you say.


When the Killbot approaches the janitor, it bumps a gray bucket and splashes water on his feet, but the bucket is still upright. Cut to the janitor. Cut back to the Killbot and the gray bucket is now on its side. Also, the janitor is clearly using a yellow mop bucket on wheels (closeup of him using the mop wringer on that bucket), so the only "reason" for the gray bucket to be there is because the yellow bucket would logically roll -- not tip over -- if bumped by the Killbot.

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).

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.


Stranger in Paradise
(aka "Gliding Dance of the Maidens")
Music by Alexander Borodin
Lyrics (unused) by Robert Wright and George Forrest
Hummed by Barbara Crampton as she's undressing


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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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