The 10 Raddest Movie Mall Scenes in Nerd-dom

By T.J. Dietsch in Daily Lists, Movies
Monday, August 27, 2012 at 8:02 am
Is there a better symbol of widespread American consumerism than the shopping mall? For the purposes of this list, let's say "no." With that in mind, it goes to show that, any time a movie involves a person or group tearing through a mall, that it's some kind of metaphor for destroying our reliance on goods and things instead of people, right? Either that or it's just cool to destroy so many things.

Ever since their modern day inception, malls have served as important locales for films. We've learned that they make for excellent places to hide out during a zombie apocalypse, ambush your unawares and even take your time-traveling friends to show them what modern days are like. Scenes in malls tend to either be of the "kids talking about stuff" variety or the "let's make an action set piece" kind. Since the former's pretty boring, we'll focus on the latter, which is usually the type of mall scenes found in nerd-friendly movies anyways.

10) Mallrats

It was tough choosing a single best scene from Kevin Smith's Mallrats for obvious reasons. You've got Silent Bob swinging around like Batman and Jay's "Kneel before Zod" bit, but our favorite part is when a starstruck Brodie pellets Stan "The Man" Lee with questions about the Fantastic Four's sex organs. Trying to make a point about love, Stan turns it around by swiping a romantic story from one of his books to try and teach the wayward soul a lesson. Yeah, it's a little cheesy, but it confirms what we've always known: Stan gets way more ladies than Jagger.

9) Back to the Future

While it doesn't take place inside a mall, one of the most important scenes in all the Back to the Future movies does occur outside one, the Twin Pines Mall to be exact. It's there that Doc Brown first tests his time traveling DeLorean with his dog Einstein. Not long after, the Lybian terrorists seemingly kill Doc and Marty has to hop into the time machine to get away, thus kicking off his adventures in 1955. His reckless time driving even leads to the mall retroactively getting a name change to Lone Pine Mall.

8) Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

After traveling through time and meeting some of the greatest thinkers and adventurers to ever live, Bill and Ted return to the '80s with their new friends and do what anyone would do: take them to the mall. Joan of Arc discovers Jazzercise, Beethoven rocks the piano store, Genghis Khan arms himself with aluminum bats and skateboards and Socrates, Billy the Kid and Sigmund Freud try to pick up chicks. Oh, and Abraham Lincoln knocks a dude working in an old timey photo place over for trying to get what he thinks is the store's hat. None of this sits well with the mall cops who come down hard on history's greatest.

7) Chopping Mall

Originally titled Killbots, Chopping Mall takes place almost entirely in a shopping mall where security robots that look like a cross between Nintendo's R.O.B. and DC's Black Manta go nuts and start killing everyone inside after closing time. The victims include the janitor (played by the great Dick Miller), the hapless security guard and a group of kids partying and trying desperately to have sex in a furniture store. The robots are quite resourceful, offing people via electrocution, throat slitting and head-exploding laser blasts. Be warned, the video is a compilation of all the death scenes in the movie, so spoilers abound.

6) Terminator 2

Time travelers sure love the mall! The second and best film in the Terminator franchise finds the formerly evil T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) trying to save young John Connor from fellow time-traveling killer robot T-1000. Their search for the kid leads them both to the local mall where the two robots follow their shoot out with a wall and window smashing fight. Back in the '80s, you just couldn't keep Schwarzenegger out of the mall! Unfortunately, this short clip is the only embeddable video we could find, but you can see the whole scene here.

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