Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge

One thing is for sure about this movie, it features Pauly Shore’s best moments on screen. Outside of that, it is late 80’s forgettable schlock.

Eric, as the title so subtly implies, is out for revenge. A group of ambitious mall developers need to clear land. That land happens to contain Eric’s house. When Eric and his parents don’t sell, the developers set fire to the place. One problem, Eric and his girlfriend were in the house doing the Lord’s work. By Lord’s work, I mean creating a new definition of the term hot-sex. Eric is able to save his girlfriend but unfortunately dies in the fire. Well, not really – he’s actually quite alive and out for, wait for it, REVENGE!

Eric is a martial arts expert and is fond of working out a lot. This is demonstrated after Eric battles another man in a fight to death (involving roundhouse kicks) and then carries his ex-girlfriend back to his secret mall hideout. Within seconds Eric begins pumping iron while his ex lies unconscious from getting slapped around and nearly killed.

While the movie sounds like a film that would have plenty of comedy, it doesn’t. Everything is played dead serious – even Pauly Shore plays a mostly serious-minded character. To me the seriousness makes me like it more, it allows for more unintentional scenes of comedy.

For example, Morgan Fairchild pulls a gun in the middle of a party and no one says a word. A few minutes later she is flung head-first out a window and is impaled (see video below). We also learn that underneath mall elevator music are subliminal messages that encourage shoppers to buy. The coup de gras though has to be Eric’s pad in the mall. It is hard to tell exactly where he lives, but he has a gym, electricity, a bed, you name it, he’s got it. Hard to believe, but I guess no one ever cared to check that part of the mall.

The end credit song is fantastic.

Fun to watch for nostalgic and “so-bad-it’s-good” reasons.

Snore Factor: ZZZ

IMDB 1989

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