Discussing the cheesy fun 80’s horror movie Chopping Mall, released by Vestron Video on Blu-ray.
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This film was also known as “Killbots” when it was first released in theaters back in 1986.
This movie was filmed at the old Sherman Oaks Mall in California, which was torn down and re-opened as the The Sherman Oaks Galleria. It’s currently an outdoor mall and the place looks completely different. Many other movies were filmed at the old mall in the 1980’s such as Valley Girl, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Innerspace and Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Vestron Video has been a leader in providing the most unique and wide-ranging selection of films. Lionsgate honors the spirit of Vestron Video by presenting the Vestron Video Collector’s Series — a line of classic genre films newly remastered and with a wealth of supplementary features. Starting with Chopping Mall, these rereleases are for the collector and horror fan alike and will be available for a limited amount of time.
Teenagers trapped in a high-tech mall overnight must find a way out before three malfunctioning security robots destroy them in Chopping Mall.
Each limited-edition feature, transferred from the original film elements to high-definition Blu-ray, is packed with special features including brand-new audio commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and interviews with cast & crew — including one with Chopping Mall’s robot!
CHOPPING MALL BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:
Director/Co-Writer Jim Wynorski, Actress Kelli Maroney, and Co-Writer/2nd Unit Director Steve Mitchell
Historians/Authors Nathaniel Thompson (Mondo Video) and Ryan Turek (Shock Till You Drop)
Director/Co-Writer Jim Wynorski and Co-Writer/2nd Unit Director Steve Mitchell
“Back to the Mall”
“Chopping Chopping Mall”
“Scoring Chopping Mall”
“The Robot Speaks”
“The Lost Scene”
“Army of One”
“Chopping Mall: Creating the Killbots”
Isolated Score Track by Chuck Cirino
Year of Production: 1986
Title Copyright: Program Content and Package Artwork © 1986 Trinity Pictures/Concorde Pictures. All Rights Reserved. Package Design and Summary © 2016 Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Type: Theatrical Release
Subtitles: English SDH
Feature Run Time: 76 Minutes
Blu-ray Format: 1080P High Definition, 16×9 Widescreen 1.85:1 Presentation
Blu-ray Audio: Original Monaural Audio
Director: Jim Wynorski
Writers: Jim Wynorski, Steve Mitchell
Starring: Kelli Maroney, Tony O’Dell, Russell Todd, Karrie Emerson, Barbara Crampton, Nick Segal, John Terlesky, Suzee Slater, Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Dick Miller, Gerrit Graham, Mel Welles, Angela Aames and Paul Coufos
Chopping Mall was filmed in a three-level mall which was built on the site of Moses Sherman’s original 1911 thousand-acre investment in the area, at the present-day intersection of Ventura and Sepulveda boulevards. It opened in 1980 with two department stores (Robinsons anchored the south, May Company anchored the north). Pacific Theatres’ Pacific 4 occupied the uppermost level of the mall. The mall became famous in the early 1980s as being the center of the teenage mall culture and a well-known teenage hangout. The Galleria and nearby malls formed the basis of the Frank Zappa/Moon Unit Zappa 1982 satirical single “Valley Girl” from Zappa’s album Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch. Following on the popularity of the song, the TV show Real People hosted an Ultimate Valley Girl competition (referred to as “a nightmare” by contest judge Moon Zappa), at the Galleria. In 1993, Robinsons and May Company merged, forming Robinsons-May – both stores in the mall were converted to Robinsons-May, the north store becoming a Men’s and Home store, and the south store becoming a Women’s and Children’s store.
The next decade saw business at the Galleria decline. In January 1994, the mall closed for 11 days for repairs following the Northridge earthquake. Although the mall reopened quickly, Robinson-May didn’t re-open its south wing store for four years following the earthquake, and many smaller stores on that floor closed. During that closure, the mall suffered due to having only one main anchor store. Mall management sued to evict Robinson-May in 1998, alleging that the delay was a lease violation and caused the store closures, but R-M countersued, claiming that poor mall promotion and management were the cause. Closures continued through the 1990s until a gift and jewelry shop was one of the few remaining stores in 1999.
The mall closed in April 1999 for a major renovation and reopened in 2002 as an open-air center which was quite different from its previous incarnation.