Chopping Mall [DVD] [1986]

The robot splatter classic Chopping Mall finally makes its way to DVD in a packed release, thanks to the fine folks at Lions Gate Entertainment. A favorite for many '80s slasher fans, the film gained notoriety on home video, but went out of print for a while, forcing the horror community to rely on various bootlegs. Thankfully, there's now a widely distributed release for all the sickos to dive into, and with one lone exception, they shouldn't be disappointed with the final result. The simple fact that there are extras is amazing; even better is that they're pretty darn good ones -- starting with the audio commentary by director/co-writer Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell. The duo, both from the school of Roger Corman, let the beans spill on everything from the origins of the movie's title to blowing stuff up in the famed Galleria Mall (known for its use in numerous movies including Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Commando). The track is fast, funny, and everything else that you want it to be -- complete with a bunch of asides that only the female-loving Wynorski could dish out. More good stuff can be found in the "Building the Killbots" featurette, where robots creator Robert Short discusses his involvement in the picture, along with the secrets behind how the characters were constructed and their sad fate after the film. The explosive theatrical trailer is also included, as well as a photo gallery consisting of a bunch of lame black-and-white stills, along with the never-before-seen original Killbots poster. One drawback even the director mentions is that the film has not only been given a full-screen treatment, but it's literally duped straight off of the Lightning Video print (proof positive is in the credits, where they even kept the "Contact Lightning Video" logo intact). That said, the picture does come across well, but it all matters on your disc ethics whether you'll pick it up or not. Either way, at least Chopping Mall is finally on DVD -- and that is truly a beautiful thing, whether Lions Gate took the low road with this release or not.
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Special Features

  • 4 x 3 full-screen version
  • 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround
  • Audio commentary with director/co-writer Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell
  • "Building the Killbots" featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Photo gallery


Chopping Mall
This high-tech spin on the slasher genre pits a group of sex-obsessed teens spending the night in a shopping mall against the mall's marauding robotic security guards -- whose programming turns homicidal after a bolt of lightning scrambles their control circuits. Director Jim Wynorski cut his exploitation teeth working for Roger Corman's legendary "B"-movie factory New World Pictures in the '70s and '80s, and this film's comic early scenes contain homages to that outfit's heyday -- with humorous cameos from Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov (reprising their characters Paul and Mary Bland from Bartel's Eating Raoul) and the ubiquitous Dick Miller. The majority of the film, however, is essentially a teens-in-jeopardy story, with the lethal bots unleashing their amped-up arsenal and bringing the victims to nasty ends amid buckets of gore -- such as the unforgettable moment when one woman's head is targeted by one of the droids and blown up like an overripe melon. (The shot is repeated during the end credits.) ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Kelli Maroney
    Kelli Maroney - Allison Parks
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    Tony O'Dell - Bernie
  • Russell Todd
    Russell Todd - Rick Stanton
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    Karrie Emerson - Linda Stanton
  • Barbara Crampton
    Barbara Crampton - Suzie Lynn

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