Film Reviews

Hallowe’en Flicks: Chopping Mall (1986)

Starring: Kelli Maroney, Tony O’Dell, Russell Todd

Director: Jim Wynorski

A group of rad teens who work in a mall decide to stay late and party in the store after closing. But what they didn’t count on was the state-of-the-art robot security system patrolling the building, a robot security that malfunctions and goes on a killing spree…

This is one of those 80’s movies that you may never have heard of. And the reason for that is that it’s sort of terrible. But it’s also sort of wonderful. I mean, that title, “Chopping Mall” is absolute genius and the idea of teens wanting to hang out in a mall is so of it’s time. I feel like this could have been an idea from RL Stine or Christopher Pike, but with an R rating, which means plenty of ketchup. Slasher horror movies are generally borderline or straight up silly and this one is no exception. It just goes ahead and hits all the genre tropes and tries to be a bit Robocop at the same time. And yet there’s something kind of knowing and tongue in cheek about the whole thing. It’s B movie stuff, but the big hair, the clothes, the dialogue and of course the robots… It’s a great 80’s trip!

Scale Of Scary: 5/10 I mean, the hair and the clothes are pretty scary… but the robot killers are not. A great one to watch with pizza and a bunch of friends.


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