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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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...
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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...
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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
This review is from: Chopping Mall (Beyond Terror) [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality!, 23 Oct 2010
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This review is from: Chopping Mall (Beyond Terror) [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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This review is from: Chopping Mall (Beyond Terror) [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
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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1 of 1 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining tongue-in-cheek gore-fest., 20 Feb 2005
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This review is from: Chopping Mall [1986] [DVD] (DVD)
An early example of cult director Jim Wynorski's work, Chopping Mall is one of those movies that you'll hate yourself for enjoying. From the corny pun title and equally corny tagline - "Where shopping can cost you an arm and a leg" you pretty well know what to expect right from the start. Full of visual gags, wisecrack one-liners and cheeky references to other movies, Chopping Mall certainly stands up to repeated viewings so the viewer can extract every drop of twisted humour and irony.

Great to see a very young John "Deathstalker 2" Terleskey leading the youngsters' illicit partying. Ably supported by a couple of B-movie babes (great excuse for a bit of gratuitous nudity part way through), and Barbara Crampton as a real feisty kick-ass heroine, who stoicly puts up with everything from laser beams to tarantulas! Also a brief cameo from Toni (Amazon queen in Deathstalker 2) Naples near the start. Great pounding swirly synth soundtrack from Chuck Cirino (who also wrote the superb score for ..... you guessed it, Deathstalker 2!).

The real stars though are the killbots. Like some unholy cross between Robocop's ED-209 and Short-Circuit, these tracked monsters, equipped with lasers (audio and video hat tip to "War of the Worlds"), tasers and nasty snapping pincers, patrol the mall at night looking for intruders. After a lightning strike scrambles their program, the killbots start ...well killing - after politely greeting their victims and then wishing them a nice day of course! The killbots also run impressively quickly on their tracks - no lumbering zombies these!

Winorsky gives us some inventive and spectacularly messy deaths, from victims electrocuted, thrown over balconies, punctured by robotic arms, necks sliced through, burned alive and, of course, the mandatory (and impressively gross) exploding head routine.

Whilst perhaps a tad tame by today's more brutal gore-fest standards, Chopping Mall remains a highly entertaining movie, with its charm lying in the fact that it never takes itself too seriously.

On the down side, the DVD picture quality is not brilliant though, appearing little better than VHS, and the audio is some very early incarnation of Dolby that falls far short of the 5.1 or DTS that the punters usually expect these days. Never mind though.

You could certainly do a lot worse than getting a few cans of beer in, watching this, then watching Deathstalker 2!
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5.0 out of 5 stars quality review, 21 Jan 2014
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good quality and played well with no problems. i had no issues of any kind when i used this product
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3.0 out of 5 stars Waitress, more butter...., 17 Nov 2013
This review is from: Chopping Mall (Beyond Terror) [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars The clue is in the title, 11 Oct 2013
This review is from: Chopping Mall (Beyond Terror) [DVD] [1986] (DVD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars 80s horror classic, 2 July 2013
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What can you say about Chopping Mall? Well - it is 80's tastic. The age old 'never trust a robot' is screamed here at top volume. I bought this to see Tony O'Dell, but Mary Woronov makes a cameo too!!!
Not the best 80s horror - I wouldn't even hazard a guess at my favourite, but certainly not the worst!
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