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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Steve's Church-less Movie Of The Week ...

Yoinked from the everlasting wikipedia goddess along with my own awesome bad movie knowledge ...

"Chopping Mall is an American horror/science fiction film, produced by Julie Corman and originally released on March 21, 1986 under the fairly lackluster title Killbots. Lionsgate released the film twice on DVD; once in 2004 with special features including a featurette, commentary, still gallery and trailer, and in 2012 as part of an 8 horror film DVD set.

Upon its release, the movie did poorly at the box office. It did better when it was re-released as Chopping Mall. The film is based around killer security robots taking over a shopping mall and murdering teenage employees. The term killbot is never actually mentioned during the movie.

Jim Wynorski directed the movie and wrote it with Steve Mitchell. It was filmed mostly at Sherman Oaks Galleria, with occasional set shots (e.g., the paint store). The movie starred Kelli Maroney (who appeared in Night of the Comet and the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope) and Tony O'Dell (from the TV series Head of the Class). Roger Corman and his wife, Julie, produced it. Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov share a cameo as their characters from Eating Raoul, Paul and Mary Bland.

There are at least two different versions of the movie. The TV cut has some extra footage, like a small homage to Attack of the Crab Monsters, extended scenes of Ferdy and Allison watching TV, some aerial shots, and an extension of one of the Ferdy/Allison scenes. This is one of those rare times when the TV edit has more than a few extra seconds of footage over the theatrical version, but no official source offers this version.

The film also features legendary character actor Dick Miller as Walter Paisley, the same character he played in the 1959 movie 'A Bucket Of Blood.'

They shot nights in the Sherman Oaks Galleria Mall, also used as a set in Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Commando, and the director and producers said that it was the next best thing to a studio, with plenty of room and freedom to do whatever they wanted, as long as they cleared away all evidence of their activity by 9 each morning. In the opening scene, the cast is visibly nodding off. Wynorski suggests that it’s because they were shooting the darn thing at 4 a.m., and so he had to use periodic loud noises just to keep the actors from falling asleep on the set. HA!

This is a Roger Corman production, which means that this film was haphazardly thrown together on the CHEAP! As far as shooting went, Wynorski and Mitchell were making a typical quick cheapie Corman movie, which translates to a very low budget of about $800,000 and a very quick shooting schedule of about 22 days. Somehow, however, they managed to throw together a cheap, stupid little horror movie that is laughably good all these years later."

Steve's Snacks Of The Week:

Coffee
Pills
More Coffee
A LOT More Coffee
Asthma Medication
Pretty Good Popcorn
Ton Of Coffee to get Thru this Turdburger
A Few Random Chips
Internet Porn
Massive Sexual Frustration

... AND NOW, Steve and this blog are both PROUD to once again present today's Church-less Movie of the Week in its entirety FOR FREE! YAY INTERNET! Isn't it neat how the internet lets us watch so much stupid crap for free? Amazing.

However, before the show starts, lets all go over a few theater rules.

First off, there's no talking in Steve's Theater during our feature presentation and talkers WILL be turned into Swedish vampire sex zombies, which actually doesn't sound that bad. Sounds more BADASS is what that sounds like. Cool.

Also, no cell phones or African-American berries in the theater. No open flames. Dispose of all trash in its proper receptacle. And please ... NO TEXTING! And I am so veeeeery serious about that one.


And be sure to dim your headlights (where applicable).


ENJOY THE SHOW, Y'ALL!


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