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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Retro Video- Chopping Mall

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Chopping Mall was released in 1986 and follows the exploits at the the Park Plaza Mall, as it has just installed a state-of-the-art security system, which includes three high-tech security robots.
Four young couples decide to have the wildest all-night party of their lives. They all stay after hours at the mall, drinking, partying, and fornicating. It just so happens though that this is the night the security system malfunctions, due to several lightning strikes to the security computer. The robots turn into killbots, rampaging through the mall and killing its employees. By way of comic relief, the robots are heard to say "Have a nice day" after each killing. This film stars Kelli Maroney, who was also in two other wildly popular 80's films, Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Night Of The Comet. You also get to see a cameo by Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov who reprise their characters from the film Eating Raoul.

In my opinion, Chopping Mall was one of the quintesential 80's horror films. All of the elements are there; the mall, aqua net, lots of nudity, sex, and killer robots. There are a couple of interesting facts about the film. For one, it was originally released under the title Killbots but did very poorly at the box office. It was then re-released as Chopping Mall and performed much better. Also, at least two versions of the film exist. In a rare instance, the TV cut is actually longer than the theatrical cut. Lionsgate released the only dvd incarnation of the film in 2004 and while it's pretty bare, they did give us a commentary, trailer, and "Building The Killbots" featurette. Though I really enjoy this movie, I can never get over how the robots remind me of evil Johnny-5's from Short Circuit.