Chopping Mall (1986)

Also known asĀ Killbots, this movie is about a mall security force comprised of clunky autonomous robots. The bots are supposed to be harmless, but become lethal after a lightning strike. A group of furniture store employees decides to have an after hours party with their significant others (*wink*), and all hell breaks loose as the bots go on a killing rampage once the mall is locked down at closing time.

Even though this is a terrible flick, there is actually a lot to like about it. The music is great, the locations and decorum are wonderfully ancient, and the 77-minute running time just whips by. Then you got a nice peppering of skin shots.

The bad bits are that no one can act at all, the killer robots are bumbling sloths with no real menace, and every action scene is pretty much the same. It also comes to an explosive climax and ends abruptly, which is probably welcomed by most viewers.

The movie doesn’t take itself too seriously, and it’s fun to see what malls looked like in the mid-80s. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this is one of the better bad movies out there. It’s at least palatable.

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