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Chopping Mall

Chopping Mall poster art
Directed by Jim Wynorski
Produced by Julie Corman
Written by Jim Wynorski
Steve Mitchell
Starring Kelli Maroney
Tony O'Dell
Russell Todd
Karrie Emerson
Barbara Crampton
Nick Segal
John Terlesky
Suzee Slater
Paul Bartel
Mary Woronov
Dick Miller
Gerrit Graham
Mel Welles
Music by Chuck Cirino
Cinematography Tom Richmond
Editing by Leslie Rosenthal
Distributed by Concorde Pictures
Release date(s) March 21, 1986 (USA)
Running time 77 min.
Country  United States
Language English
Budget $800,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue Unknown

Chopping Mall is an American horror / science fiction film, originally released on March 21, 1986 [1] under the title Killbots.[2]

When first released, the film did poorly. After some time, it was re-released as Chopping Mall, and the re-release performed better in the box office. The film features killer security robots overtaking a shopping mall and murdering teenage employees, hence the title.

The film was directed by Jim Wynorski and written by Jim Wynorski and Steve Mitchell. It was filmed mostly at Sherman Oaks Galleria, with occasional set shots (the paint store, for example). The film starred Kelli Maroney (who appeared in Night of the Comet and the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope) and Tony O'Dell (from the TV series Head of the Class). It was produced by filmmaker Roger Corman and his wife, Julie. Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov share a cameo as their characters from Eating Raoul, Paul and Mary Bland.[3]

There are at least two different versions of the film. The TV cut has some extra footage added, including a small homage to Attack of the Crab Monsters. This is one of those rare occurrences where the TV edit has more than a few seconds of footage not shown in the theatrical version. This footage comprises extended scenes of Ferdy and Allison watching TV, some aerial footage, and an extension of a later scene of Ferdy and Allison together. This version is not available to buy from any official source.


Plot synopsis

Park Plaza Mall has just installed a state-of-the-art security system, which includes three high-tech security robots.

Four young couples decide to have the wildest all-night party of their lives. They all stay after hours at the mall, drinking, partying, and fornicating. It just so happens though that this is the night the security system malfunctions, due to several lightning strikes to the security computer. The robots turn into killbots, rampaging through the mall and killing its employees. By way of comic relief, the robots are heard to say "Have a nice day" after each killing.


Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov reprise their characters from the film Eating Raoul


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