Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blu-ray Review: "Chopping Mall"


The first time I saw "Chopping Mall" was at a screening of the film at Texas Frightmare Weekend. Director / Writer Jim Wynorski and actor Kelli Maroney were in attendance and answered questions from the audience. It was a great experience and exciting to see the 1980s cult classic on the big screen.


The movie was recently released on Blu-ray for the first time through Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Edition line. This gave me the perfect opportunity to re-visit it and see how it fared on a second viewing. "Chopping Mall" is just as glorious in all its 1980s charm and cheese at home in HD.


Filmmakers took what could have been a typical slasher film and turns it on its head. They introduce us to characters who don't just wait around to get hacked up, but actually react proactively by fighting back. Couple that with three totally awesome killer robots (or Killbots, as it was originally titled) and quite possibly the greatest head explosion ever caught on film and you have must-see B-movie gold.


Partying teenagers get trapped in a high-tech mall overnight. They must find a way out before three malfunctioning security robots destroy them in "Chopping Mall".


Special features for the Blu-ray edition of "Chopping Mall" include audio commentaries from Director / Co-Writer Jim Wynorski, Actress Kelli Maroney, Co-Writer / 2nd Unit Director Steve Mitchell, Historians / Authors Nathaniel Thompson (Mondo Video) and Ryan Turek (Shock Till You Drop). Featurettes include “Back to the Mall”, “Chopping 'Chopping Mall'”, “The Killbots”, “Scoring 'Chopping Mall'”, “The Robot Speaks”, “The Lost Scene”, “Army of One”, and “'Chopping Mall': Creating the Killbots”. A trailer and isolated score by Chuck Cirino is also found.


"Chopping Mall" is rated R for violence and gore, profanity, sexual situations, nudity, drinking and smoking, and frightening and intense scenes.

"Chopping Mall" is available now on Blu-ray.

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