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Movie Review — Chopping Mall

June 1, 2017

Hello ladies and gentlemen.  Welcome to the Casa!

A couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d wax nostalgic and check out an 80’s horror flick.  After flipping through the choices on the streaming services, I finally settled on “Chopping Mall”.

The movie opens with a demonstration of a new mall security system, robots that patrol the common areas of the mall.  Any criminals they find are taken down with non-lethal weapons.  It seems like a good idea for the safety of the stores.  That changes when the main computer system is struck by lightning, and the machines become murderous.  Of course, it wouldn’t be an 80s slasher flick without teenagers staying after the mall closes to drink, smoke pot, and have plenty of sex inside one of the stores.  Without them, there would be no movie or body count.

While this fits everything about 1980s slasher flicks, even down to the cheesiness, I thought it was an okay movie.  The special effects and acting aren’t the very best, and the only well-known actor, Dick Miller — a/k/a Mr. Futterman from the Gremlin movies, is on-screen for about five minutes before being killed off.  Overall, the movie is a good one if you want one to just veg out to or poke fun at, but not one for hardcore horror movie fans.

Until next time, patrons…

D.J. Pitsiladis

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