Saturday, June 4, 2011
Chopping Mall is based on kind of a ludicrous premise, but that makes it all the more enjoyable. Some security firm has created robots that can patrol the mall and "neutralize" any criminals that are robbing the mall after closing time. Was this a rampant problem in 80s? So much so that we needed to create special robots just for mall patrol. You learn something new every day.
The robots are supposed to protect the workers at the mall by requiring identification and not taking them as criminals. But something, seemingly to do with lightning, has gone terribly wrong and the robots are malfunctioning. This wouldn't be a problem if the mall was empty, but there is a group of workers partying and sexing it up in a furniture store after hours. When the robots find them, they go on the attack and attempt to pick them off one by one.
The story behind this movie was fun, and although the effects were not perfect, the deaths were pretty cool. The music was at a Tangerine Dream-awesome level, that unfortunately stuck in my head after the movie ended. The acting is truly 80s, complete with exaggerated everything, from facial expressions to screaming to that glorious crimped hair.
Chopping Mall is an original concept and a fun time. Seeing the robots ride the escalator and flail their arms around like E.T. made my horror-hardened heart sing with glee. Yay 80s!