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Just in time for Black Friday, Chopping Mall gets a remake

11.23.2011

CHOPPING MALL was one of those movies that I picked up on VHS as a kid simply based on the box art. I mean a robot hand holding a bag full of bloody body parts? SOLD. Nevermind that the film features no such bloody bag...

Even though it was scholockier than most 80s horror films, CHOPPING MALL is next on the, er, chopping block in Hollywood for a remake. Longtime FX wizard Robert Hall has picked up the rights to the film and will write and direct the film. Hall last directed LAID TO REST and it's sequel CHROMESKULL 2.

While the original movie centered on robot security guards sent on a killing spree by a rogue lighting bolt that shorts their security mainframe, the new film won't be quite so straightforward. Says co-writer Kevin Bocarde, "It will retain the basic concept of young people trapped in a mall; however, the story will have a darker, supernatural spin."

Huh?

Guys...you got a good thing going here. It's something of a cult classic. Don't make a "haunted mall" movie because no one wants to see that. Well maybe they do, what the hell do I know?, but that's not a CHOPPING MALL movie. That's just INSIDIOUS IN A MALL.

Source: Variety

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10:47PM on 11/23/2011
You can thank those lame ass PA movies for the sudden craze on the supernatural again. It's been years since I have seen Chopping Mall, but no doubt they will dumb this remake down to PG-13.
You can thank those lame ass PA movies for the sudden craze on the supernatural again. It's been years since I have seen Chopping Mall, but no doubt they will dumb this remake down to PG-13.
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6:16PM on 11/23/2011

CHOPPING MALL YEAH!!!

what i've been saying... they nee to remake the bad movies instead of the good movies!!!!
DEATH MACHINE should be next up!!
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what i've been saying... they nee to remake the bad movies instead of the good movies!!!!
DEATH MACHINE should be next up!!
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2:10PM on 11/23/2011
Why does it need a supernatural element? Just have it set in the future and the high tech robots go berserk. Teenagers will always act stupid in horror films for years to come.
Why does it need a supernatural element? Just have it set in the future and the high tech robots go berserk. Teenagers will always act stupid in horror films for years to come.
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12:32PM on 11/23/2011

Incredibly Dated Concept

Don't get me wrong; I LOVES me some Chopping Mall. Exploding Heads, electrocuted Dick Miller janitor and the oh so delicious 80's cheese which is exactly why this movie worked in the first place. Take it out of that era and it just makes no sense. Who goes to malls anymore? Dawn Of The Dead was a social commentary on shopping mall culture and that was the 70's!! If it's an abandoned mall in the middle of vacated, half-built suburban sprall that some Occupy types break into and camp only to
Don't get me wrong; I LOVES me some Chopping Mall. Exploding Heads, electrocuted Dick Miller janitor and the oh so delicious 80's cheese which is exactly why this movie worked in the first place. Take it out of that era and it just makes no sense. Who goes to malls anymore? Dawn Of The Dead was a social commentary on shopping mall culture and that was the 70's!! If it's an abandoned mall in the middle of vacated, half-built suburban sprall that some Occupy types break into and camp only to discover deranged security robots left to rust running amok.......

Hmmmm........ Lemme just open my Final Draft.
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1:49PM on 11/23/2011
Plenty of people still go to malls. Even in this day of online shopping. True some of the older malls are like ghost towns, but I know of at least one mall in my area where there's usually more people than air to breathe.
Plenty of people still go to malls. Even in this day of online shopping. True some of the older malls are like ghost towns, but I know of at least one mall in my area where there's usually more people than air to breathe.
11:30PM on 11/27/2011
lots of people still go to malls. I live in a city of over five hundred thousand, and both our bigger malls are always packed. I can never find a place to park.
lots of people still go to malls. I live in a city of over five hundred thousand, and both our bigger malls are always packed. I can never find a place to park.
12:06PM on 11/23/2011
I think Chopping Mall could use an update. And as long as the supernatural element isn't a haunted computer, then I'm on board.
I think Chopping Mall could use an update. And as long as the supernatural element isn't a haunted computer, then I'm on board.
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