Horrorfest 2018 Presents: Chopping Mall (1986, Jim Wynorski)


Sadly this is the only killer robot movie I watched in October, although I cannot name too many killer robot movies off the top of my head. Chopping Mall is a literal bottle TV episode stretched out into an 80 minute horror sci-fi movie. It also has several cult actors, boobs, gore and is a lot of fun. This is one of those cult movies you end up viewing late at night, beer in hand, tired from work, all because its on a streaming service and is easy to access. Thanks TubiTV!

While cult film icons Mary Woronov, Dick Miller and Paul Bartel only briefly appear in this movie, Barbra Crampton and Kelli Maroney are two of the stars in a cast of mostly young unknown actors. The young group of heroes in Chopping Mall are pretty resourceful, and the film has some good kills and suspenseful moments. Not an Oscar movie, yet still highly entertaining, which is fine with me. Also beware your place of business replacing security with freaky robots.

 

Horrorfest 2016 Presents: The Hole (2009, Joe Dante)


Throughout his career Joe Dante has been good with child actors. He’s made successful films for both adults and kids, yet The Hole is aimed mostly at younger folks despite some adult themes. Dante for all of his faults never talks down to his audience and The Hole works as an exercise in what scares us. Literally.

Two brothers, Dane and Lucas, move into a new house in a small town with their mother. They befriend the local neighborh girl, Julie, and in the process uncovers a hole covered by a door in their basement. Opening the door leads to creepy things happening, such as Lucas getting attacked by the world’s scariest puppet and Julie facing a ghost from her past. Despite some flaws and the film taking a bit too long to become interesting, this is a fun and sometimes surprising flick. Plus it has cameos from Dick Miller and Bruce Dern, which is a nice touch.

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