Roger Corman is probably the best known creator of B-movie cheese and exploitation junk of all time. Between the mid-60s and the early 90s he produced hundreds of cult films and even directed fifty of them himself. Despite the fact that he worked pretty exclusively in the lower brow side of the filmmaking world, he also launched a ton of big careers by giving talented filmmakers their first shot and he became a hugely influential figure in the Hollywood world. Even today, his legacy is starting to thrive through remakes and reboots of his past projects. Things like the new Death Race and the new Piranha 3D are keeping the memories of junk cinema’s past alive. And according to Variety, there is at least one more Corman reboot on the way. Dry County Entertainment has gotten the rights to 80s slasher Chopping Mall, and they’re poised to put their own spin on it.
In the original version of Chopping Mall, a group of teenagers get locked inside of a shopping mall and have to fend off robotic security guards that have turned murderous and prove to be very deadly. This proposed new version of the shopping mall slasher wouldn’t be exactly like that, according to Dry County head Robert Hall, who says, “It will retain the basic concept of young people trapped in a mall; however, the story will have a darker, supernatural spin.” I guess that supernatural spin thing could be pretty controversial. Will this piss off some Chopping Mall purists? Is there such a thing as Chopping Mall purists? Hall isn’t banking on it. Of his robot shirking spin on the shopping mall death genre he says, “This is an exciting way to pay homage and honor Roger while also expanding the original film’s premise.”
On a day where many out there are forced into the nation’s shopping malls like herds of cattle so that they can afford to get their families the Christmas presents that they’ve demanded, a remake of Chopping Mall starts to sound like a pretty cathartic trip to the movies. Dry County had the good sense to announce this new film on Black Friday, is it possible we could get a Black Friday release of the new film a year from now? If so, the marketing potential would be endless. I’ve got visions of sugar plums and the severed heads of pushy, annoying shoppers dancing through my head as we speak. Tis the season…to die.