Welcome to 31 Days of ’80s Horror boys and ghouls! Each day in October I’ll be posting about a horror film from the 1980s, some of which you may have heard of, others may be a little more obscure. This is the month to celebrate all things spooky so I wanted to present some films from my favorite era of the horror genre. I hope you enjoy the column and discover some new ’80s horror flicks to watch, or rewatch, whatever the case may be. I know I’ll be checking out some of these ghastly tales myself since I’ve come across a few that even I’ve never heard of! So on with the horror! On with the terror! On with the ’80s!
High tech robots equipped with state-of-the-art security devices have been recruited as the new mechanical “night watchmen” for the Park Plaza Mall. A group of teen mall employees decide to throw a secret after hours party inside a closed mattress store as each pairing of teens try to make it with each other. When a jolting bolt of lightning short circuits the main computer control, the robots turn into “killbots”…on the loose after the unsuspecting teens. The employees soon find out that, at Park Plaza Mall, you can save on everything.. but your life!
I love this movie. It’s ’80s cheese rolled into a wonderful concoction of B-movie sci-fi horror. You have sex-crazed teens and killer robots equipped with laser beams capable of exploding heads, what more could you ask for in an ’80s genre movie? On top of that, the movie comes from exploitation B-movie director Jim Wynorski, who gave us the amazing and so-bad-it’s-good The Return of Swamp Thing. The movie also features a cast that includes Kelli Maroney (Night of the Comet), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, You’re Next), Russell Todd (Friday the 13th Part 2), Tony O’Dell (The Karate Kid), as well as some Roger Corman alums that include Paul Bartel (Piranha), , Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000, The House of the Devil) and Dick Miller (Gremlins), who plays a character named Walter Paisley which is the same name of the character he played in 1959’s A Bucket of Blood. Chopping Mall is definitely a fun time and I cannot recommend it enough. I’m dying for someone to release this on Blu-ray, hopefully Scream Factory will come to my rescue and deliver an awesome collector’s edition!
How to watch Chopping Mall
Chopping Mall is currently available on DVD. (Chopping Mall on DVD)
The movie is also available through Amazon’s Instant Video service for rental and purchase. (Chopping Mall on Amazon Instant Video)
To see the other entries in the 31 Days of ’80s Horror column, click here!
by Ben McBride
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