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Chopping Mall (1986)

Updated: May 13, 2022

Just look at that misleading and badass poster art. This is one of the good B-movies, it's good times to the max (watch the movie, you'll get the reference). Directed by Jim Wynorski who was a very busy director. This came out a year before Robocop, two years after Terminator and the same year as Short Circuit, and Chopping Mall is like a cheap horror mash-up of all three. It stars Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Russell Todd, Karrie Emerson, Nick Segal and Barbara Crampton (who gets the best death of the film) and some more random eighties people. The acting is perfect for cheesy B-movie gold. The variety of kills are very fun and creative and the make-up and effects are commendable. Most of the budget was probably spent blowing shit up. It's a B-movie so it does not always make the most sense. Three eighties bros are throwing a party in the furniture store of you guessed it, a mall. A mall that has three excessively armed robot security guards where all it takes is a little lightning to turn them homicidal. The plot is simple but the writing doesn't alway connect its dots and that's ok because it's a B-movie. Have fun with this, don't take it seriously and it will be worth a watch. I would watch this with some friends that like to watch bad movies or anyone that wants to watch a good cheesy eighties horror. I give it a 7 out of 10. For all its flaws it is mostly entertaining and delivered some surprises and fun kills.

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