Chopping Mall (Killbots) (1986)
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as Alison Parks
as Ferdy Meisel
as Mike Brennan
as Paul Bland
as Rick Stanton
as Linda Stanton
as Suzie Lynn
as Greg Williams
as Leslee Todd
as Mary Bland
as Walter Paisley
as Technician Nessler
as Miss Vanders
as Dr. Carrington
as Dr. Simon
as Mr. Todd
as Dr. Carrington
as Technician Marty
as Bathing Beauty
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Critic Reviews for Chopping Mall (Killbots)
There's ample retro-futurist quaintness in this film, as with most pre-internet B-movies with a technophobic bent.
Say what you will about the title, there's no denying that Chopping Mall has one of the great taglines ever - "Where Shopping Costs You an Arm and a Leg!"
Its no-fills exploitation ethos is infectious, and you can't help but admire its economy, even if that fantastic title is just a tad misleading
Disreputably fun... just about the best low-budget movie about killer robots destroying a shopping mall that can ever be produced.
Audience Reviews for Chopping Mall (Killbots)
Silly, cheesy fun that's sure to raise a smile among 80s b-movie horror fans. The plot has three new security robots go on a manhunt around a shopping mall after malfunctioning during a lightning storm. Very 80s stuff with the typical cliched cannon fodderof horny teens. It's actually more action that horror as the would-be heroes amass a sizeable arsenal to defeat the crazed Killbots... but that doesn't stop some of them meeting a bloody end. It's laughably bad but entertaining for sure.
After a 'Robocop'-esque infomercial satirizing the "neutralization" of a criminal, 'Chopping Mall' is a wacky B-movie that exudes a jovially fun attitude that removes the drive-in idiocy of the high-concept. Like the Universal classic 'Frankenstein' and, to a lesser extent, 'Friday the 13th: Jason Lives', lightning is the catalyst for the robot's blood-soaked carnage. The mall setting is perfect for eclectic locales and weapons to duel against the robots such as gasoline cans, a paint store and automatic machineguns in a hunting store. The film is concise, explosively self-effacing in it's humor (with a cameo from Joe Dante regular Dick Miller who scolds the robot for spilling his mop bucket) and truculently aware of it's absurdist plotline ("It's alright. I guess I'm not used to being stuck in a mall, chased by killer robots.").
A pretty silly 80's horror movie...or any decade, for that matter. It does have several things going for it though. The yummy Barbara Crampton for one, Dick Miller for another and a really horrible 80's cheese synthesizer score. Other than the head-exploding scene, there isn't really that much horror on display. It's a fun movie though. The terrible dialogue will keep you smiling. :)
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