Chopping Mall (Killbots) (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chopping Mall (Killbots) (1986)




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Movie Info

This update of the TV movie Trapped is also known as Killbots and Robot. It concerns a group of teenagers trapped in a mall overnight. Instead of looting the stores, they must flee the machinations of a fleet of security robots gone haywire after an electrical storm.

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Kelli Maroney
as Alison Parks
Tony O'Dell
as Ferdy Meisel
John Terlesky
as Mike Brennan
Paul Bartel
as Paul Bland
Russell Todd
as Rick Stanton
Karrie Emerson
as Linda Stanton
Barbara Crampton
as Suzie Lynn
Nick Segal
as Greg Williams
Suzee Slater
as Leslee Todd
Mary Woronov
as Mary Bland
Dick Miller
as Walter Paisley
Gerrit Graham
as Technician Nessler
Angela Aames
as Miss Vanders
Larence Guy
as Dr. Carrington
Paul Coufos
as Dr. Simon
Ace Mask
as Janitor
Angus Scrimm
as Dr. Carrington
Morgan Douglas
as Technician Marty
Toni Naples
as Bathing Beauty
Maurie Gallagher
as Girl in Restaurant
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Critic Reviews for Chopping Mall (Killbots)

All Critics (10)

An inane but entertaining horror comedy.

June 1, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

There's ample retro-futurist quaintness in this film, as with most pre-internet B-movies with a technophobic bent.

July 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Say what you will about the title, there's no denying that Chopping Mall has one of the great taglines ever - "Where Shopping Costs You an Arm and a Leg!"

October 31, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Its no-fills exploitation ethos is infectious, and you can't help but admire its economy, even if that fantastic title is just a tad misleading

September 29, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Disreputably fun... just about the best low-budget movie about killer robots destroying a shopping mall that can ever be produced.

July 31, 2011 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

...the film features horny teens being chased around a shopping mall by clunky robots that shoot lasers. What more do you need to know?

November 26, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chopping Mall (Killbots)

Silly, cheesy fun that's sure to raise a smile among 80s b-movie horror fans. The plot has three new security robots go on a manhunt around a shopping mall after malfunctioning during a lightning storm. Very 80s stuff with the typical cliched cannon fodderof horny teens. It's actually more action that horror as the would-be heroes amass a sizeable arsenal to defeat the crazed Killbots... but that doesn't stop some of them meeting a bloody end. It's laughably bad but entertaining for sure.

Lee ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

After a 'Robocop'-esque infomercial satirizing the "neutralization" of a criminal, 'Chopping Mall' is a wacky B-movie that exudes a jovially fun attitude that removes the drive-in idiocy of the high-concept. Like the Universal classic 'Frankenstein' and, to a lesser extent, 'Friday the 13th: Jason Lives', lightning is the catalyst for the robot's blood-soaked carnage. The mall setting is perfect for eclectic locales and weapons to duel against the robots such as gasoline cans, a paint store and automatic machineguns in a hunting store. The film is concise, explosively self-effacing in it's humor (with a cameo from Joe Dante regular Dick Miller who scolds the robot for spilling his mop bucket) and truculently aware of it's absurdist plotline ("It's alright. I guess I'm not used to being stuck in a mall, chased by killer robots.").

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


A pretty silly 80's horror movie...or any decade, for that matter. It does have several things going for it though. The yummy Barbara Crampton for one, Dick Miller for another and a really horrible 80's cheese synthesizer score. Other than the head-exploding scene, there isn't really that much horror on display. It's a fun movie though. The terrible dialogue will keep you smiling. :)

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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