"Eight teenagers are trapped after hours in a high tech shopping mall and pursued by three murderous security robots out of control."
There was a time in the mid 80's where you can take the simple formula of throwing a group of horny teenagers, put them in the right place ( of course at the wrong time ) throw in a escaped maniac or undead killer and you got yourself a average horror film. But what I like about Chopping Mall is that it somewhat twists the formula a little bit without going too much over the top. What if we threw them in a shopping mall ( haven't seen many of those since Dawn Of The Dead ) and instead of a basic killer with a ghostly back story or little ghoul monsters, we'll throw in some high-tech security robots ( equipped with lasers, explosive devices, and tasers ) and let them go haywire ? Needless to say. It worked.
|Barbara Crampton about to taste death|
|Right before the infamous head explosion|
Gore : 2/5- There is some memorable death scenes in this one, burned to death, throats slashed, decapitation, electric shock, and one super cool head explosion scene. Could of been more though.
Gratuitous Nudity : 2/5 - This one does have some skin action, we get a few nice ones for the boobie lovers, one scene from Barbara Crampton herself as well.
|Alternate poster art|
Special FX : 2/5 - Not to much happening here, while the head explosion was probably the best effect in the film, there isn't much else that surpasses it, the robots are pretty basic as well ( what the fuck do you expect, its robots ! ).
Things to look for : In the pizza parlor there's several theater posters of other B- horror movies adorning the walls. Such as Slumber Party Massacre, Forbidden World and many others. In another scene a character tells one of the robots "Klaatu verata nicktu" which is a phrase used in the 1951 film The Day The Earth Stood Still and in Army Of Darkness.
Things you will learn from this movie
Showgirls just randomly walk around malls.
Robots are really polite after they kill you.
Paint is explosive.
Certain robots have unsettling "ethnic qualities".
Telling your woman she smells like pepperoni will turn her on.
Pizza shop chefs are always stereotypical italians.
All security guards do is look at nudie magazines.
Memorable quotes : "Lets send those fuckers a rambo-gram"
All in all I give this one about