A teenager named Eric
Matthews (Derek Rydall) has his house
burned down with him inside of it as some
greedy landlords wanted to build a big
mall on top of it.
Eric is reported dead but his
ex-girlfriend Meldoy Austin (Kari
Whitman) is still trying to find out how
he died and the people responsible for
burning down his house as she has some
help with her new boyfriend.
But then Melody discovers that Eric was
never really dead and is hiding inside
the mall watching her every move with his
own surveillance camera's and planning to
have her back to be with him for the rest
of his life even if it means killing her
new boyfriend as well as doing away with
the security guards and the rest of the
people responisble for his near death
There's a cheesy conversation with Melody Austin and Suzie at the counter of a food place at a mall
talking to Buzz when he
serves them ice cream and his joke with a
decapitated candy ear in one of them and
the two being grossed out by it.
We spot many good shots on Eric Matthews peeking through a vent in the
We have some cheesy discussions between Harv Posner and Justin as a father and son not
seeing eye to eye along with Harv's aggressive actions towards him which
wasn't too bad.
There's a good camera approach on
a sleazy security guard in a vent with
a good dark shot on Eric attacking this fellow but yet there's some fake reactions to all of this which kind of ruins it while we carry on watching.
A cheesy discussion between Mayor Karen Wilton and Harv Posner about
what the plans are for the mall. Later on
we have a good shot on a corpse landing
on a desk.
A good setting with Peter Balwin tryng to sneakily take a picture of Christopher Walker and trying to act like
he's a customer browsing along with a
great shot on Christopher himself starting
to look up with an evil and cold
expression on his face. Then we have many
good camera takes and a chasing scene
with one another.
We spot a nice conversation between Peter and Melody in a car
discussing what happened to Eric Matthews
and a nice setting of a flashback
sequence between Melody and Eric which looked good as them being a
couple along with nice shots on the house
being caught on fire but however their
reactions to all of this looked quite
We have some good moments with
Christopher acting menacing towards Peter by dragging him out of his car
and getting aggressive.
We spot many good shots on Justin with a rope around his neck being dragged
up an electric stairway of the mall since
this is one of the best
moments and the camerashots too with him struggling.
There's a good fighting sequence between Eric and Christopher with some
decent camera angle shots too.
We spot a good approach by Melody towards Eric in his own area
with a nicely done conversation sequence
towards one another along with a great
close up shot on him taking
off his mask. There's also great
aggression with him when he demnds her to
stay in his domain forever.
We have a nice struggling moment between Eric and Peter by battling
There's a nice shot of a woman falling
down but the people don't react too well
like they should be after the results of
A good shot on an explosion in the mall
which showed some descent effects.
Bottom line is that this is another 80's
cheesy slasher flick that's so bad it's
good movie and interesting to watch for
what it is. Of course the makers tried to make this a
mall version of Phantom of the
Opera but it doesn't work a all
by a longshot. For all you people that enjoy cheesy
teenage horror flicks you may find this
one a bit amusing but its a bore too in
many spots and it doesn't always get to
the point of the film. Still it's nonstop fun for the one's who
enjoy cult type flicks like I do since
there's alot of garbage out there which
is the reason for all those bloody
remakes since there's nothing original
anymore. It's definetely for people who enjoy the
malls with their horror involved too.
The acting is
quite dated and fairly cheesy but not
terrible. Kari Whitman (Melody Austin) seemed to
pull her role off well as the teenage
employee at the mall and the one who was
the love of the Phantom's life. She had
the perfect looks too along with her
Derek Rydall (Eric Matthews) looked great for his
part as the Phantom at the mall with the
scarred face from the fire incident but
his acting skills needed some
improvement. However, he does well with
his menacing behavior. There's a great
aggression with him when he demnds his fellow actress to
stay in his domain forever.
Jonathan Goldsmith (Harv Posner) does a fine job
as a greedy businessman and owner of the
mall who shows descent aggressions and a
typical self centered behavior for his
part in it. Yet his reactions were terribly phony during a scene when a corpse falls on his table. He does a good job quarelling
towards his onscreen son as it looks
descent having a dysfunctional argument.
Morgan Fairchild (Mayor Karen Wilton) is another one who
stood out quite well as an assistant
employer and knew how to portray her
acting just right with her speech.
TV Soap opera star Rob Estes
(Peter Baldwin) plays a good role as the nice boy next
door role and shows some good energy to
his part in it whom would later land
roles in TV shows like Melrose
Place and 90210
due to his charming attitude.
Pauly Shore (Buzz) marks one of his debut
film's by having a supporting role in
this one since lots start out in low
budget horror films. He really brings on
the comedic charm to his part in the film
adding lots of goofiness on someone who
doesn't take his job too seriously.
Gregory Scott Cummins (Christopher Walker) really brought
his part to life as a violent and nasty
security guard in the film plus had the
mean looks too but of course often got
typecast in shows due to all of this. He
was a natural for sure with action packed
Tom Fridley (Justin) has the supporting role
as a teenage delinquent in the film like
his uncle John Travolta usually
played in shows during his early years.
However, he doesn't meet up to his
talents and overdoes his part with his
aggressive attitude but wasn't terrible
by any means. We
have a good approach by him towards a on onscreen salesgirl coming on strong with her
but however he seems to not seem
convincing to be a threat to her. He was a bit better in Friday
the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
Women are changing
in a changing room of a mall.
Kari Whitman's character is topless
during a sex scene of a dream sequence.
Pauly Shore moons a surveillance
Eyes are popped
out of a security guards head.
A head is chopped off by a mechanical
A sharp object is stabbed through a nasty
Mayor's chest after being thrown out a
window inside the mall.
We have some great 80's
cheesy sounding low synthesizer music
which works for a low budgeter horror
flick like this along with some keyboard
piano playing and the odd pounding sounds
for a chase scene in the mall which is
composed by Stacy Widelitz.
We have a terrific 80's
rock ballad titled "You Are the
One" by The Taurus Boys
used during a sequence when Eric is
watching the TV screens on Melody.
There's also a trashy theme song during
the closing credits called "Is There a
Phantom in the Mall?" performed by a
group called the Vandalls.