SLAXX (2020) Reviews and now on Shudder

 

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‘An @ss to die for.’

Slaxx is a 2020 Canadian comedy horror film about a pair of possessed pair jeans killing the staff and customers in a trendy clothing store. It is up to Libby, an idealistic young sales clerk, to stop the jeans’ bloody rampage.

Directed by Elza Kephart (Graveyard Alive) from a screenplay co-written with Patricia Gomez, the EMA Films-Entertainment Squad production stars Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani and Kenny Wong. It was produced by Patricia Gomez and Anne-Marie Gélinas (Turbo Kid).

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Reviews:

“It’s a low-budget Canadian horror comedy brimming with awkward humor, bursts of gore, and plenty of social commentary for those looking to consume a film of this nature. It’s sharp when it wants to be, charming throughout, and just strange enough in some of its choices to remain memorable beyond the credits.” Blood Brothers

” …first world consumers either don’t care or don’t want to know the real horrors feeding their fashion habits. When the laughs die down and the fun memories of watching jeans dancing to Bollywood music fade, Slaxx delivers a gut punch to its audience that may sadly be drowned out by the buckets of blood and SFX that preceded it.” BritFlicks

“The cast all work well together […] so whilst there are some deaths the audience will enjoy because of the morally vacant characters, they will still root for Libby and her colleagues. As the ‘inanimate object horror’ subgenre goes, Slaxx is a well-fitting body of work that will give horror fans plenty of blood, laughs and maybe something more thoughtful…” BRWC

“To really highlight just how awful capitalism is, all of the characters (with the exception of two) are written as horrendous people. That makes it easier for you to be root for the jeans to pick everyone off as you simply don’t care about them. Perhaps had the setting been anything other than a corporate clothing store, the film might have been a little less on the nose and a little more thought-provoking.” Entertainment Focus

” …Slaxx delivers on the puns and the ridiculous kills, but it’s a consistently smart, well-structured film with well-drawn characters, superb performances and a serious point to make.” Eye for Film

Slaxx makes the most of its unusual premise, providing amusement, bloody carnage, and a moral at the heart of the story. The anti-consumerist message might be made a bit too explicit, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had with this comedy-slasher.” Flickering Myth

“Lots of potential here, but I don’t feel like it quite lives up to it. It’s mean-spirited and makes a weak attempt at social commentary that doesn’t really land, and the “explanation” for everything makes the behavior of the pants even more puzzling the more you think about it. The biggest problem for me though was the pacing – it’s only 77 minutes long, but it feels much longer.” Frostbeard

“It sounds silly and it is, but Slaxx is also a sharp satire of consumerism and colonial capitalism. If you’re looking for a fun, witty, satirical new b-movie with plenty of gore; look no further. Slaxx is comfortable, loose-fitting horror satire.” Goomba Stomp

“As the film progresses, you may find yourself wanting a pair of your very own; I mean, who wouldn’t fall in love with a pair of jeans that bops along to a Bollywood classic? It’s been a while since we had a truly batty slasher idea, and Slaxx is certainly a premise that’s hard to beat. The film suffers from some pacing issues, but the first half at least is ferociously fun.” The Hollywood News

“It isn’t easy to think up ways jeans can kill people, nevermind making a whole film around them. And while Kephart has come up with some creative kills, they’re neither varied nor spectacular enough to warrant the time we have to spend with such an unlikeable supporting cast (Shruti aside, who is an excellent foil for Libby).” Horror Cult Films

Slaxx is not a scary film in any way, but it is a truly fun gorefest, stuffed with characters you can both root for and cheerfully hate. Because these guys know how to tell a good story – even before the blood and circuses kick-off. It’s silly – this is about killer jeans, after all – and at first played completely for laughs, but then things do get a little more serious, right before romping its way towards a highly satisfying finale.” Horror DNA

” …those pants really are vicious (their embroidered pocket placed logo is a modified S.S. insignia for f*ck’s sake), and they are brought to life convincingly enough (they have an amazing amount of personality in their animation, and that tragic backstory that they are saddled with does a good job eliciting audience sympathies)… but the thing that really impressed me was the buckets o’ gore tossed around the place with wild abandon.” Horror Fuel

” …the entire explanation for why that pair of jeans is the way it is might be considered cheesy by some but I appreciated its message nonetheless. While Slaxx is overall very fun to watch (some of the deaths were great), it also critiques how capitalism is considered more important than people’s lives.” Karen Wan

” …there are a range of imaginative denim-related fatalities (with the SS logo on the back pocket reddening as each victim’s blood is consumed).  Considering the budget level, the design of the monster – the scarlet seams are a nice touch – is excellent, and the special effects far better than expected.” The Kim Newman Web Site

Slaxx alternates between having a clear message and also having ridiculous gory fun, and while it struggles to blend the two tones, both notes of real-life atrocities and silly comedy stand out in their own right […] But Slaxx doesn’t lose sight of the playfulness that makes Slaxx an easy sell…” RogerEbert.com

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Slaxx is a highly entertaining and gory horror-comedy that also works as a satire of big-box clothing stores and the capitalist desire to sell the next hot item […] Slaxx also offers some social commentary about where our clothes come from…” Sean Kelly on Movies

“Of course, the mere premise of Slaxx is pretty outrageous and also slightly ridiculous – but very much in the tradition of horror satires from the 1980s like The Stuff or the Czech Ferat Vampire, this movie mixes its rather wild concept with biting commentary on hyper-consumerism and the companies profiting from it […] the fun is 100% infectious to its audience, making this one very entertaining flick.” Search My Trash

“Viewers get exactly what’s expected from the fun premise, played out in gruesome ways, but there’s a surprising element of social relevance within […] The jeans may be out for blood, but Canadian Cotton Clothiers got their hands soaked in it first. This is a tale about stolen lives, and the blind eye turned to them, all for the sake of designer items.” Snakebite Reviews

” …Slaxx mixes in enough social commentary to give the horror fun some extra punch. It’s that balance that makes Kephart’s film work, that sense that the film’s deeper commentary and gory mayhem work in tandem rather than favoring one over the other. It’s a perfect mix of genre indulgence and social commentary…” Tilt

“Whatever your take on the film’s big plot reveal […] you certainly can’t argue with its snappy dialogue, its observational humour and its inventive splatter scenes. It’s an unusual film which attempts much and achieves much, as well as quite literally skewering a lot of people who roundly deserve it: there’s plenty of the ridiculous and the sublime here.” Warped Perspective

Choice dialogue:

Craig [Brett Donahue]: “We’re all equal here. It’s sort of like Communism. But not really.”

Release:

Slaxx had its world premiere at Fantasia in August 2020.

Slaxx will stream on the Shudder platform on March 18th 2021.

Cast and characters:

Romane Denis … Libby McClean
Brett Donahue … Craig
Sehar Bhojani … Shruti
Kenny Wong … Lord
Tianna Nori … Barb Lubotski
Erica Anderson … Peyton Jules
Stephen Bogaert … Harold Landsgrove
Jonathan Emond … Camilo
Hanneke Talbot … Jemma
Jessica B. Hill … Hunter
Amanda Chiu … Young Greeter
Aris Tyros … Cashier
Pritha Mazumdar … Keerat

Fun facts:

Director Elza Kephart was influenced by the documentary The True Cost (2015) about the impact of fashion on people and the planet.

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