Saturday, May 13, 2017

Movie review - "Chopping Mall" (1986) ***

Fun, silly horror/action flick about a bunch of teens trapped in a shopping center with some killer security robots running loose. This was an early work from Jim Wynorski and is great fun - high spirited, quite smart. It's action more than horror really - a few suspenseful moments and some teens having sex early on, but a lot of gunshots and explosions.

The robots are quite cute, but deadly - I was reminded of the Daleks. The story is pretty strong - Wyorski has eight teens, ensuring a steady stream of deaths. Some decent ones too such as an exploding head.

The quality of acting was high. I did find it heard to tell them apart - three of the girls were blondes, all the guys had brown-ish hair... they all kind of looked like the same.

Film buffs will love things like cameos from Dick Miller (playing Walter Paisley!), Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov, and Mel Wells being in a small role and the gunshop being named after Peckinpah, and watching Attack of the Crab Monsters. This was produced by Julie Corman, for husband Roger's company.

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