Chopping Mall

Chopping Mall

Director: Jim Wynorski Cast: Kelli Maroney, Tony O'Dell, Russell Todd


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Chopping Mall

The robot splatter classic Chopping Mall finally makes its way to DVD in a packed release, thanks to the fine folks at Lions Gate Entertainment. A favorite for many '80s slasher fans, the film gained notoriety on home video, but went out of print for a while, forcing the horror community to rely on various bootlegs. Thankfully, there's now a widely distributed release for all the sickos to dive into, and with one lone exception, they shouldn't be disappointed with the final result. The simple fact that there are extras is amazing; even better is that they're pretty darn good ones -- starting with the audio commentary by director/co-writer Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell. The duo, both from the school of Roger Corman, let the beans spill on everything from the origins of the movie's title to blowing stuff up in the famed Galleria Mall (known for its use in numerous movies including Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Commando). The track is fast, funny, and everything else that you want it to be -- complete with a bunch of asides that only the female-loving Wynorski could dish out. More good stuff can be found in the "Building the Killbots" featurette, where robots creator Robert Short discusses his involvement in the picture, along with the secrets behind how the characters were constructed and their sad fate after the film. The explosive theatrical trailer is also included, as well as a photo gallery consisting of a bunch of lame black-and-white stills, along with the never-before-seen original Killbots poster. One drawback even the director mentions is that the film has not only been given a full-screen treatment, but it's literally duped straight off of the Lightning Video print (proof positive is in the credits, where they even kept the "Contact Lightning Video" logo intact). That said, the picture does come across well, but it all matters on your disc ethics whether you'll pick it up or not. Either way, at least Chopping Mall is finally on DVD -- and that is truly a beautiful thing, whether Lions Gate took the low road with this release or not.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2004
UPC: 0012236161110
Original Release: 1986
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:17:00
Sales rank: 8,768

Special Features

4 x 3 full-screen version; 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround; Audio commentary with director/co-writer Jim Wynorski and writer Steve Mitchell; "Building the Killbots" featurette; Theatrical trailer; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kelli Maroney Allison Parks
Tony O'Dell Bernie
Russell Todd Rick Stanton
Karrie Emerson Linda Stanton
Barbara Crampton Suzie Lynn
Nick Segal Greg Williams
John Terlesky Mike Brennan
Suzee Slater Leslee Todd
Dick Miller Walter Paisley
Maurie Gallagher Girl in Restaurant
Larence Guy Dr. Carrington
Mel Welles Cook
Gerritt Graham Technician Nessler
Ernst R. von Theumer Cook
Angela Aames Miss Vanders
Paul Coufos Dr. Simon
Arthur Roberts Mr. Todd
Ace Mask Janitor
Will Gill Janitor
Lenny Juliano Burglar
Morgan Douglas Technician Marty
Toni Naples Bathing Beauty
Robert Greenberg Big Eater

Technical Credits
Jim Wynorski Director,Screenwriter
Chuck Cirino Score Composer
Carol Clements Art Director
Julie Corman Producer
Roger George Special Effects
Corey Kaplan Set Decoration/Design
Steven Long Mitchell Screenwriter
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Leslie Rosenthal Editor
Paul Shaver Stunts
Blake Shepard Makeup
Anthony Showe Special Effects

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Secure Electronics/Main Titles [8:06]
2. They're Alone [3:36]
3. For Better or fro Weird [4:27]
4. Blind Date [4:40]
5. I Like Pepperoni [4:57]
6. Mopping Up [5:38]
7. Major Malfunction [3:38]
8. Duct and Cover [5:22]
9. Molotov Cocktail Hour [4:16]
10. Killbot Was Here [4:08]
11. The Sorrow & the Pitiful [4:59]
12. Long Night, Short Circuit [5:07]
13. Storeroom Assault [4:47]
14. Methodic Robotic [3:20]
15. Surviving With a Smile [5:51]
16. End Credits [3:51]

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