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4.0 out of 5 stars Robot Sores!
A shopping mall introduces a new crime deterent in the form of three 'state of the art' robots, only for them to go on a spazbot kill rampage after they get struck by lightening! God help the staff left in there partying after dark...
Awesome(ish) 80s b~movie nonsense, that's saved from the bargain bin by the skin of its teeth on account of its sheer shlock...
Published on 5 Jan. 2013 by Arch Stanton

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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality!
Wanted to see this movie, because it's a bit cheesy 80's horror flick with make-up effects, but...
WHAT A RIP-OFF! Must be the worst DVD-company, putting out these VHS to DVD tranfers! Just sad, don't waste your money on this. Picture and sound is unacceptably bad, amateurish work!

Just wanted to warn you people, all the DVD-releases are equally bad from...
Published on 23 Oct. 2010 by Jay


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Robot Sores!, 5 Jan. 2013
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Arch Stanton (Cornwall, England.) - See all my reviews
A shopping mall introduces a new crime deterent in the form of three 'state of the art' robots, only for them to go on a spazbot kill rampage after they get struck by lightening! God help the staff left in there partying after dark...
Awesome(ish) 80s b~movie nonsense, that's saved from the bargain bin by the skin of its teeth on account of its sheer shlock entertainment factor! The cast are a bunch of dweebazoids but have in their arsenal the likes of Crampton, Miller and Woronov! The robots have in their arsenal, cheap lazer effects and srmecs! That's right folks, its like Robot Wars vs 80s all american slasher victims! Boobs, bullets and Big Trax prevail! Horror hottie Crampton gets 'em out (amongst others! Yay), then they get chased by tinfoil shoebox Johnny 5's, that have the attitude of ED209 but the capability of Sir Killalot if he were to have a love child with Walter the Wobot! The teens (twenty somethings!) tool up at Pekinpah's armoury and fight back. . . ! Some terrible dialogue is delivered superbly in the spirit of its naffness and the music (equally poor) ranks slightly higher than its laughable effects. That said, at 75m i never got bored, and slaughtered as i was (on mead wine!), i thoroughly enjoyed this!
Anybody with an appreciation for any of the aforementioned are gonna enjoy this, but WARNING, stay well away if you don't like cheesetastic, 80s American b~horrors, as i suspect you'll find little of value..
The dvd on review was a gift from my good mate Alan (an 80's horror afficianado) and although i'd seen it years ago, the quality wasn't any better than i remembered on vhs.
The gore is minimal, with only an exploding head and a couple of zappings of any real merit, but undeniable fun nontheless.
Realistically it's a 3.5/5 movie (scored against its peers!) rounded up to 4.
They should install these robots in every supermarket across Britain, two weeks before and two weeks after christmas! It'd be like a Darwinian dream come true!
Have a nice day!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality!, 23 Oct. 2010
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Wanted to see this movie, because it's a bit cheesy 80's horror flick with make-up effects, but...
WHAT A RIP-OFF! Must be the worst DVD-company, putting out these VHS to DVD tranfers! Just sad, don't waste your money on this. Picture and sound is unacceptably bad, amateurish work!

Just wanted to warn you people, all the DVD-releases are equally bad from this DVD company: Cornerstone Media "Beyond Terror" label, The quality of these DVD's is in fact "beyond terror" :D
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4.0 out of 5 stars Far Greater Than The Sum Of Its Mechanical Parts..., 30 Jan. 2010
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By no stretch of the imagination is 'Chopping Mall' what you'd call a brilliant artistic achievement, but it is hugely likeable fare, a great fun, schlocky teen-massacre flick with a massive rewatch value, and hey - they even named a level after it in SNES classic 'Zombies Ate My Neighbours'. What more do you want? A busty lady's head exploding? Well, you get that too.

The plot is simple - some teen couples spend the night in a mall recently fitted up with malfunctioning mechanical guardians, and in classic horror-film fashion, those that succumb to their naughty impulses are going to find life a little bit trickier than those who cuddle up and watch old Roger Corman pics instead. In fact, it's safe to say that if you also appear in 'Night of the Comet', you may indeed turn out to be this film's rather charming key heroine.

What elevates 'Chopping Mall' above your mind-numbing, bog-standard, inauthentic-teen slaughter-flick is the level of wit present in the scripting and staging. Parts of this film are extremely funny, but never in a manner that detracts from the menace of the security-bots, who, despite their not-entirely threatening physiques, prove a real menace to our assembled chumps. In fact, this film is quintessentially 80s in regard to its canny blend of humour and danger: think 'Return of the Living Dead' as a good (ok, superior) parallel.

In terms of the DVD, 'Chopping Mall' never exactly looked super-crisp and clear, so this is realistically about as good as it'll probably get. It's certainly superior to the absolutely horrific region 2 DVD (which I also have the misfortune of owning), in that at least we're not talking unwatchable picture quality and entirely buggered-up sound synching. Overall though, bloody good fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to 80s Horror....., 11 July 2013
Chopping Mall about security robots malfunctioning and killing everything in site at a shopping mall is well above average.

By 1986- which was a special year for film in general, we had had a long list of feelgood horror comedies. And quite a few of them worked. As does Chopping Mall.

It's B movie stuff, the acting is borderline, but the characters are very likeable- and there are more than enough scenes to keep any horror fan happy enough.

Chopping Mall considering it's sub genre is a winner.

Be sure to avoid the reg 2, and go for reg 1- superior quality and extras.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING CAN GO WRONG, 16 July 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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A group of teens hold an after hours party at the "Furniture King" which consists of mostly couples having sex. Three security robots or killbots malfunction due to a lightning storm. The teens battle the bots for their lives.

This is a 1980's classic second tier slasher film which epitomized the genre in many ways. You have big hair actors, a touch of humor, plot continuity issues, cheese, a little nudity, laughable special effects, 80's code of slasher films, and film background goofs. While not on the level of enjoyment of a "Slumber Party Massacre" it is certainly a worth while addition to one's 80's slasher collection.

F-bombs, sex, nudity (Suzee Slater, Barbara Crampton, dressing room girl, centerfold)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The clue is in the title, 11 Oct. 2013
Think about it: you're considering watching a film called `Chopping Mall.' Are you seriously expecting a great, original plot with fantastic character development and Oscar-winning special effects? I hope not. If you are then you really shouldn't watch this. This is truly terrible. And I loved it.

It's about a mall (surprise, surprise) where the owners employ robots to guard it at night. These robots look like a cross between a Cylon and something out of `Silent Running.' Anyway, just when they're commissioned, they only get struck by a freak lightning storm, turning them from honourable guardians of the night to psychotic killers (always the way, huh?).

If this isn't bad enough then a bunch of kids hang back after work to indulge in pre-marital sex. You can probably guess they don't live to regret their kinky, decadent decision. You have every cliché here going - characters who you can tell exactly how and when they'll die, kids having sex and drinking then getting killed, cheesy dialogue and much, much more. For the first half an hour the film is pretty dull, not even worthy of a cult classic. However, at about the half hour mark, a woman gets her head blown to bits (classic!) and it all picks up from there. What you have is one daft chase after the next with robots who clearly need shooting lessons and kids who suddenly become Rambos when they raid a gun store.

It's stupid. It's awful. It's a terrible film. And, if you know and appreciate that, you may love it as much as I do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where shopping can cost you an arm and a leg!., 19 May 2011
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Chopping Mall definitely stands out as being one of the better b-movies of the 80's it was a cheaply made but fun horror flick. The special fx were quite good especially for the film's low budget and it has 80's scream queen Barbara Crampton who looks really hot in this film, the robots were pretty decent looking I mean they didn't even look that high tech but more like a 1950's sci fi film. The story is basic as a group of teens who are also mall employees decide to party after hours in a furniture store in the mall and it seems like the mall owners want to provide more security so they bring in some robots to patrol the area, the mall soon closes down and the teens are trapped inside and they soon get chased and killed by these robots or 'Killbots'. These new security robots have malfunctioned due to a lightning storm and have turned deadly but after killing someone they always keep saying "thank you, have a nice day" as if they were trying to be polite or something. The teens who are not very bright end up fighting for their lives and get some weapons from a sporting goods store called Peckinpah's. The film has enough silly humor, gore (check out the cool head explosion!), nudity and in-jokes to make it worth watching and the characters were typical and dumb horny teenagers so it was alot of fun to watch especially Barbara Crampton as the ditsy blond who was great in this! The dialogue and synthesizer music were also typical of the 80's but I actually enjoyed this stuff. Cheesy idea and title but hey it works if you enjoy cheesy but great low budget 80's horror films then I highly recommend this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another dark day in robotic security history, 30 May 2010
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Chopping Mall [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
Even if you're expecting to watch a mad serial killer hacking up a bunch of shoppers with his trusty axe, I don't think you'll be terribly disappointed in the goings on down at ye olde Chopping Mall. In a move sure to anger mall security guards worldwide, the managers of this mall have decided to replace the old security staff with three super-keen robots with all kinds of nifty weapons and tools tailor-made for stopping and detaining any hooligan who dares to invade the sanctity of the mall after closing time. These "Protectors" are all like fast-moving little tanks equipped with lasers, claws, sleep darts, and other assorted goodies.

If you learn nothing else from this movie, just be assured that you should not plan a big after-hours party inside your uncle's furniture store on the same night as security robots are first given the run of the whole mall, especially if the geeky designer of said robots assures everyone that nothing could possibly go wrong - this is particularly important if huge security doors are set to lock everything and everyone inside until daybreak the next morning. Nothing ruins a night of partying and fornication like seeing a partially clothed teenager get her head blown off by a robot laser weapon (unless you're in to that sort of thing, I guess). Once something like that happens, you can pretty much forget about seeing any more nudity that night.

The kids who find themselves terrorized by the killer robots in this film aren't particularly engaging, but at least they try to go out fighting (although you would think that they would figure out that guns aren't effective against the killer robots after the first hundred or so shots do no damage whatsoever). Frankly, I didn't care about any of them apart from the one played by Barbara Crampton, but that was only because she looks like a young Donna Mills. That being said, I couldn't really cheer for the robots either - let's face it, "Thank you. Have a nice day" just doesn't cut it as a killer robot catchphrase. I kept hoping they would start chanting "Exterminate!" or something, but that never happened. Despite the blandness of the bots, though, this still turned out to be a pretty fun film to watch - and at just 77 minutes in length, it doesn't overstay its welcome. You pretty much can't go wrong with any quasi-horror movie from the glorious 1980s.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Waitress, more butter...., 17 Nov. 2013
A group of teenagers that work at the mall all get together for a late night party in one of the stores.

When the mall goes on lock down, The robot security system activates after a malfunction and go on a killing spree.

One by one the three robots try to rid the mall of the kids. The only weapons they can use are the supplies in other stores (at least here is a gun store).

Or, if they can make it till morning when the mall opens back up.....

It's about killer robots, its on for just over an hour, its got Corman written all over it, and its cheap. It's fun all the way and never to be taken seriously.

The cast are a bunch of unknowns, and have remained that way ever since, but this isn't a surprise, they are awful, but you don't really care about this when you are watching a film about killer robots in a shopping centre.

Deaths are funny, and we have the obligatory exploding head scene, which is repeated during the end credits cast call.

It's nothing amazing, the robots are slow, but its cheesy and short, and a little bit of dumb fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Have A Nice Day.... shame about the transfer!, 13 April 2013
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Yes, the reviews are right, the dvd-transfer is taken from a washed/dark VHS copy. It is still watch-able if you pick it up cheap enough. The film itself is Only 1hr 16 mins and NO real extras apart from a freeze-frame still gallery. I beileve that this is the only way to see Chopping Mall on dvd in the UK after it was released on video in the 80s.

Plot: Teens get trapped inside a huge shopping mall where they are pursued by killer, out of control cyborg robots! Not very gory, but a nice head explosion scene to one of the actresses.

Positives: Dick Miller & Barbara Crampton star, but in very short roles!

Label: Beyond Terror.
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