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Rated R
Copyright 1986 Trinity Pictures/Concord Pictures
Reviewed by Matt Steenburg on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Alison Parks - The heroine of our story, can do some pretty impressive things because her father was a Marine.
  • Ferdy Meisel - The geek who tags along with the whole gang. He is setup with Alison to keep him quiet about the party.
  • Greg - Fairly level-headed guy until he sees his girlfriend get a crispy death. Then he looses it, in more than one way.
  • Suzie - Greg's girlfriend, she flips out for no apparent reason and convinces all the girls to leave the safe air duct. Always a good idea when killer robots are around.
  • Michael - He's the one with the beer. Chews his gum very annoyingly. I was glad to see him go.
  • Leslie - Michael's girlfriend. Gets chased around by the robots and then her head explodes.
  • Linda - Married to Rick, accidentally runs into a laser beam and dies.
  • Rick - The tough "Rambo" type. After seeing Linda killed he drives a golf cart into a robot.
  • Protector's - A lightning bolt turns these robots into killbots. (I didn't make that up it's off the box) At first I thought it was Johnny 5.

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The Plot: 

A group of four couples plan a party at the local furniture store where three of the guys work. They just happen to plan it on the first night the new security system comes into play. The security system includes 3 protector robots and large steel doors that lock at 12:00a.m. sharp and don't open until sunrise. Having said that nothing can go wrong with this security system, something does. The rooftop computer is struck by lightning and the robots turn into out of control killers attacking everyone in sight with their armament. The teens try to figure out a way to kill these robots, as the robots kill off the teens in many different ways. This movie at first glance was not that impressive, but after a second watch all the subtle bits came out. It's a toss up between 3 and 4 slimes.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Electrocuting people for petty theft isn't illegal.
  • Malls need to be more secure than a bank vault.
  • When you say a system is absolutely foolproof you are a moron.
  • Old people get off on watching young people make-out.
  • All malls should advertise with bikini clad women.
  • Putting large metal computers on a rooftop is not a good idea.
  • It will take three lightning bolts to have any effect on a computer.
  • Instruction manuals have nude centerfolds.
  • People who own automotive shops know nothing about cars, their girlfriends on the other hand...
  • Horny males are terrible at lying.
  • Robots are smart enough and have the ability to clean up after they murder somebody.
  • People in movies can hear the soundtracks.
  • When going out into a mall secured by robots do not, I REPEAT, do not close the door behind you.
  • Clothing shields laser beams.
  • Watching somebody's head explode will not invoke fear.
  • Security robots are armed with lasers powerful enough to explode a person's head.
  • Pillows can explode.
  • Security robots are armed with C4.
  • Safe air ducts are extremely frightening.
  • Robots have blood.
  • Robots can read our minds.
  • Molotov cocktails are extremely ineffective when used against fast moving robots.
  • Security robots are armed with cutting torches.
  • Marine training is inherited through genes.
  • It's always a better idea to run around a mall with killer robots than to stay hiding where it is safe.
  • Go figure, I thought everybody was used to "being chased around a mall in the middle of the night by killer robots."
  • Spiders and snakes are attracted to people who are hiding.
  • Falling three stories onto a tent doesn't hurt.
  • Paint mixed with paint thinner creates a powerful explosive.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 6 mins - Ok if it is that high security how come nobody saw the kid with the huge box under his shirt?
  • 9 mins - Watch in amazement as the lightning bolts come out of a clear sky and only hit the mall.
  • 10 mins - That was quick, one guy dead already.
  • 17 mins - Why is this guy talking to the robots?
  • 23 mins - He just told his girlfriend she smells like pepperoni. A compliment like that should get her in the mood.
  • 24 mins - THAT LINE WORKED?
  • 27 mins - Hey it's that guy, you know, the guy.
  • 31 mins - He just told the robot, "klattu verata nicktu."
  • 34 mins - That head explosion was impressive.
  • 43 mins - That robot just hid...
  • 53 mins - That robot with the big treads just rode up the escalator?
  • 63 mins - I can't believe he just threw the gun at the robot.
  • 68 mins - There is that military training coming into play again.
  • 71 mins - She barely touched that glass and it shattered.
  • 74 mins - She forgets what leg she is limping on and limps on them both to make up for it.


  • Janitor: "You clumsy son of a bitch! Look what you did, I ought to turn you into scrap metal for this!"
    Protector: "May I see your identification badge please?"
  • Alison: "What is it with those two anyway?"
    Ferdy: "Personally I can't figure it out, all they do is have sex and fight."
    Alison: "Like most couples..."
    Ferdy: "Yeah."

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note chopmall1.wav Protector 2: "Protector 2 going on line, level 2."
Green Music Note chopmall2.wav Suzie: "They know we're in here, they're trying to french fry us!"
Green Music Note chopmall3.wav Ferdy: "Nice shot!"
Alison: "Dad's a Marine."
Green Music Note chopmall4.wav Linda: "I guess I'm just not used to being chased around a mall, in the middle of the night, by killer robots."

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Chopping Mall
Reply #9. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by anonymous
One of the best obscure films ever made. Yes, it has cheesy lines and yes, it is predictable. (Anyone who's seen SCREAM will figure out right when the couples get together who will live and who will die.) However, there's never a dull moment. The scenes where the young people face off against the protector robots are really cool, and I especially loved Keli Maroney's preformance as Alyson. Her charecter rival's Sigorney Weaver's Ripley from the ALIEN films for strong female action/horror heroine. (She is also equally great in NIGHT OF THE COMET.) I also laughed every time a protector said,"Thank you. Have a nice day!" after it killed somebody. Definetly watch this one if you're ever lucky enough to find it. (Hint: look for it at the hard-to-find, independant video rental places. You won't find this one at any Hollywood or Blockbuster.)  
Chopping Mall
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by godfan
That movie would have been great for tv.

For a b movie it was funny
Chopping Mall
Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jay
Ah, another fine Jim Wynorski production. You got to check out some of the great lines on the VHS box (picked up recently 2nd hand)include
".......where they slash there prices and there customers"
".... where shopping can cost you an arm.. and a leg!"
"You can shop till you drop, dead!"

Gotta love it.

BTW. most people don't know this movie was at first called "killbots".
Chopping Mall
Reply #12. Posted on June 13, 2003, 07:53:55 AM by log
Someone needs to check up on that girl who got her head blown off . I swear that looked real..... was this a secret snuff movie???? Really good gore FX on that part
Chopping Mall
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by zombiemike
This is one of my favourite movies of all time, my favourite part is how the robots (or should I say KILLBOTS) say "thank you, have a nice day" after they kill their victims(well most) and the tag at the end of the credits.
Chopping Mall
Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by moviecollector
I love this movie, 1 of the best cheese-fests from the 80's. I love that tagline:
'Where shopping can cost you an arm & a leg'

This is a must-see. If you love cheesy films. its great.
Chopping Mall
Reply #15. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Joe
You won't believe it, I watched this movie in India way back in 1989. It was named 'Killbots' then.

Though it's not a first rated movie, any day I'll rate it way higher than 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' and the like. And the robots behave better than the modern day 'i-Robot'. Altogether a funny movie rather than a horror one.

BTW, the victims are youngsters, not teenagers.

Chopping Mall
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by jason
What can i say?  classic.  I special ordered it on DVD, along with Kelly Maroney's other great film, "Zero Boys."  Another must see film if you're a Maroney fan.  Don't forget she was also in Fast Times at Regmont High, Raising Cain and of course, my favorite sci-fi of all times, "Night of the Comet."  BTW- anyone know where I can find Night of the Comet on DVD?
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