Thursday Movie Picks: Store/Supermarket/Mall movies.

Once again, I’m taking part in Wandering Through the Shelves weekly challenge. This week the theme is movies set in the world of retail. So let’s jump straight in and get down to the nitty gritty.

Dawn of the Dead: Both the remake and original find themselves spending a huge chunk of their time in an abandoned mall, trying to protect themselves from the impending doom of the zombie apocalypse that’s outside the glass doors.. The setting is perfect and also looks a little fun (despite the circumstances). The thought of being trapped inside a whole shopping mall with the entirety at your dispense seems quite exciting to me. The setting also allows for the development of a hierarchy. Human behaviour at its… finest? I which, one individual thinks it’s down to them to be the boss and rule by force. The Standford Prison experiment but in a mall.

Dawn of the dead

Empire Records: This lovely gem form the 90s is set in a music store. We get an insight into the antics of the employees as they try and save the store from corporate overlords taking it over. Set in one day, this is like the 90s answer to The Breakfast Club. The cast is brilliant and the film is a little whacky but it’s definitely a favourite of mine.

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The Greatest Store in the World: This one is a little gem from my childhood. A made-for-tv movie that sees a mum and her two daughters’ home (a camper van) destroyed just before Christmas. The mother, thinking quick on her feet decides to seek refuge in a huge department store, creating as much fun as possible for her children. Whilst there, they encounter two burglars who attempt to steal jewels from the store on Christmas day. This is just a feel good film, really. Nothing too special about it but a lot of fond memories attached to it.

That’s all I have for this week’s Thursday Movie Picks, but don’t forget to read everyone else’s posts. Once again, thank you to our host and I’ll look forward to my next participation.

Thanks for reading,

all the best,





15 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: Store/Supermarket/Mall movies.

  1. Birgit says:

    Not interested in the first film…too scary but I agree with you…love to be in a department store for the night. The other 2 sound like good films to catch when I can


  2. joel65913 says:

    I’m no horror fan so I’ve never seen either version of Dawn of the Dead but it’s a good fit. Never would have expected Empire Records to be the title of the week in a million years but this is at least the third time I’ve seen it pop up. It’s a fun, now nostalgic look at record stores. So many of the cast went onto some level of renown. Never heard of The Greatest Store in the World but it sound worth checking out.

    I reached back a bit for the week but these three came right to mind when I read the theme.

    Who’s Minding the Store? (1963)-Dog walker Norman (Jerry Lewis) loves the beautiful Barbara (Jill St. John) but Barbara’s from money, a fact Norman is unaware of. Her family owns a highly successful department store and her mother, Mrs. Tuttle (Agnes Moorehead) is determined to break them up. Norman goes to work in the store and tries to prove himself while Mrs. Tuttle’s minion, Mr. Quimby (Ray Walston) gives him ever more humiliating tasks. Typical Lewis comedy is a bit sweeter than usual and has a great cast.

    The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)-Annoyed to hear workers at one of his stores are trying to form a union the world’s richest man John P. Merrick (Charles Coburn) decides to check it out for himself. Going incognito he gets a job there on the hunt for what he sees as troublemakers but discovers instead that the employee’s grips are legitimate when he befriends Miss Mary Jones (Jean Arthur), another worker at the store. In time Merrick ends up carrying the flag for the workers to be treated decently…and maybe has found a love of his own. Played for laughs but with an underlying serious social tone.

    Employees Entrance (1933)-Harsh pre-code tells the story of a soulless bastard (Warren William) and what he does as he ruthlessly oversees the running of a large department store during the depression. He thinks nothing of trading work for sexual favors, throwing people out of work who displease him, demeaning his employees sometimes to the point of suicide. A candid if unpleasant portrait of a contemptible man all the more vivid because of being produced just before the Hays Office would have made its production unthinkable.


  3. Wendell says:

    Man, I need to watch those first two. Still can’t believe I haven’t given them both a proper watch. I’ve never even heard of that last one, but it sounds fun.


  4. Katie says:

    Yes!! Empire Records – I’m liking the love for this film this week. Not heard of the last pick but I get what you mean about those films from childhood, you feel attached.

    Btw, I’m loving your blog!


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