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Chopping Mall Remake Planned
Shopping horror is back...

23 November 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Chopping Mall Remake Planned

Christmas is approaching like a speeding sleigh and that naturally has a lot of people thinking about braving the crowds to get presents for friends and family. But what if the local shopping centre boasted more than just a crush of other bargain hunters? What if the place was patrolled by robots that get a case of Terminator fever and start offing people? That’s the concept behind Chopping Mall, which director Robert Hall wants to remake.

It might not surprise you that the 1986 original was produced by schlock king Roger Corman and features a group of distinctly old looking “teens” raving it up for a party in a closed mall. The trouble begins when the building’s security ‘bots have their electronic brains frazzled by a lightning bolt and decided to Kill All Humans.

But the new film won’t be a straight remake, according to Variety, as Hall and producing partner Kevin Bocarde (who is co-writing the new script) plan to take things in a slightly different direction. “It will retain the basic concept of young people trapped in a mall; however, the story will have a darker, supernatural spin,” says Bocarde. So… Killer robots animated by ghosts? Or killer robots vs. the Winchester brothers*?

It remains to be seen how much of the camp Corman style will remain, but if Piranha 3D is anything to judge by, there’s every chance it’ll be firmly intact.

*Stars of TV show Supernatural. See what we did there?


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I suggested From Beyond to a friend after reading this- the reason I bought the VHS was because we saw a trailer for it on a copy of Chopping Mall we picked up from a market. As I recall, there was no chopping just a lot of lasers. Hopefully they'll up the chopping in this remake. Or remove that altogether and that super natural slant could be a composer's ghost, furious at the commercialisation of music. I call it Chopin Mall. Or Chopin, Maul! Or Ray Park takes a trip to Topman and buys a Wii f More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 20:52 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post

Might As Well..
Throw in remakes of Basket Case , From Beyond, Society, C.H.U.D, Frankenhooker... More

Posted by burtbondy at 17:12 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Paul_D L: John Firth What's next on the remake list then? Motel Hell? /b]? Manos? The Conqueror? aniac's in the process of being remade. With Elijah Wood in the title role. I kid ye not. 've just looked that up. I think it's a really bad idea. Then again, when's that ever stopped them? Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave have both been covered, and neither are what you'd expect to see money thrown at. More

Posted by John Firth at 13:49 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post

The only thing I remember about that film is Barbara Crampton topless. Mighty fine! More

Posted by seawalker at 12:16 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post

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L: John Firth What's next on the remake list then? Motel Hell? /b]? Manos? The Conqueror? aniac's in the process of being remade. With Elijah Wood in the title role. I kid ye not. More

Posted by Paul_D at 11:00 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post

Sounds like utter dogshit. More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 09:52 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post

Why is it always young people? The shopping malls are see are mostly crowded with the over 50s..... More

Posted by Pipkin3 at 09:49 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post

I don't know a lot about Central American culture, but I am certain this was mentioned in the Mayan prophecies. More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 08:12 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post

What's next on the remake list then? Motel Hell? Maniac? Manos? The Conqueror? More

Posted by John Firth at 02:29 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post

Let Me Guess....
The mall is built on an old Indian burial ground. Bahahahaha! More

Posted by dee123 at 01:00 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post


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