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[[caption-width-right:274:[[PreMortemOneLiner Have a nice day]].]]

A 1980s SlasherMovie involving malfunctioning killer robots chasing people through a mall..

Eight teenagers get locked inside a mall and think they're in for a night of debauchery. The mall ''also'' has a shiny new robot security system. The creator of the system says "[[TemptingFate nothing could go wrong]]". [[GoneHorriblyWrong Things go less than stellar]].

Thanks to a lightning strike on the mall's transformer, the computer running the security robots begins to malfunction, deciding all humans in the mall are intruders and in need of [[CrushKillDestroy removal with extreme prejudice]]. This leads to a running ChaseFight throughout the shopping center as the humans try to evade detection and destroy the robots.

A classic Creator/RogerCorman BMovie from TheEighties, which has gained a cult following due to its hokey plot, tongue-in-cheek dialogue and gruesome robot kill scenes. Also known as "Killbots," the film's original working title and what it was syndicated to television as.

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!!Tropes seen in ''Chopping Mall'' include:
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: The movie frequently shows up on compilations of "Exploding Head" scenes on Website/{{Youtube}}.
* TheCameo: Creator/PaulBartel and Mary Woronov appear briefly at the beginning of the film as their characters from ''Film/EatingRaoul''.
** Dick Miller shows up as Walter Paisley, a character he has played in multiple films.
* ChekhovsGun: The road flare.
* CrushKillDestroy: Apparently the security bots' default setting following a computer malfunction.
* DistractedByTheSexy: A customer oogles a group of girls in bikinis on an escalator, falls over crushing the boxes he was carrying
* ElevatorFailure: How Protector 2 meets its end, thanks to the humans rigging it to blow.
* FinalGirl: Partly subverted; Alison has to fight the last killbot alone, but it turns out her boyfriend was only stunned.
* FrickinLaserBeams: The Protectors' main weapon. They fire them from their visors.
* HollywoodNerd: Ferdy
* IronicEcho: "Hey! Have a nice day!"
* IKnowMortalKombat: when asked if he knows how to shoot a gun Ferdy says he's watched ''DirtyHarry'' twenty-four times.
* LeeroyJenkins: [[spoiler:Greg gets a fatal case of this while running through the mall blindly, leaving his friends far behind.]]
* LightningCanDoAnything: Apparently, the mall being struck by lightning is all it takes to make the robots murderous.
* LockAndLoadMontage: The guys stocking up with weapons and ammo at the sporting goods store.
* LoweredMonsterDifficulty: The killbots quickly and efficiently dispose of most of the cast. But when Protector 1 has Alison at its mercy in a storage room...
* TheMall: The setting for the entire movie. There is not ''one'' scene filmed outside.
* ManOnFire: Suzie dies when a killbot blows up the gas can she's carrying with incendiary results.
* MolotovCocktail: The girls try to use these on one robot, with poor results.
* OffscreenTeleportation: On more than one occasion, the killbots manage to sneak up behind humans, even in situations where their presence should have been noticed way in advance.
* PunBasedTitle: The film was originally titled "Killbots" (and was syndicated to television as such), but it had trouble finding an audience with this title. It was given it's current title for its re-release.
* SawStarWars27Times: When asked if he knows how to handle a gun, Ferdy assures that he does because he's seen ''Film/DirtyHarry'' 24 times.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaid: The robots are supposed to be mall security guards. Who the hell decided they needed lasers powerful enough to explode peoples' heads?
* TerrifyingPetStoreRat: Snakes and spiders, literally in a pet store. They serve no real purpose, beyond forcing one girl to put up with terrifying things crawling on her without alerting the killer robots.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:Linda, the tough girl mechanic is killed by a random laser blast while Protector 3 is malfunctioning, while Alison, the more chaste and feminine one survives the night.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:The film ends with the three security robots destroyed, but the malfunctioning computer that controlled them (and supposedly has control over other parts of the mall as well) is still operating. Although it can't send out any more robots to do its bidding, it can still cause trouble for any humans in the area]].
* YourHeadASplode: Leslie, the first girl to die in the movie, goes out this way courtesy of a killer robot's FrickinLaserBeams.
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