Review: Slaxx (2021)

  • Director: Elza Kephart
  • Writer: Patricia Gomez, Elza Kephart
  • Stars: Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani

Review

What would you do if a pair of jeans became sentient and started murdering everyone in your store on your first day? That’s the problem faced by Libby (Denis) as she navigates her first shift at CCC. It is release day for a new style of jeans that contour to your body (‘Whether you’re five pounds underweight or five pounds overweight!’ exclaims the CEO of the CCC) and the staff of CCC are on lock-down until the morning in order to prepare for the ‘Monday Madness’ event. Only fly in the ointment is that staff, just keep on dying, much to the chagrin of Manager Craig (Donahue) a way too ambitious and way too loyal employee of the CCC.

Elza Kephart keeps a ridiculous premise grounded and it pays off. The direction is great, whether its the sterile shop front or the murky loading dock, Kephart perfectly manages to capture the mood and given the swings between the comedy be it dark, sarcastic or splatstick or the more dramatic moments, she handles them all with ease. The script which she wrote with Patricia Gomez is smart, punchy and has satirical streak a mile long.

Denis, Donahue and Bhojani are excellent. All three are played note perfect and it really helps the film to have all three really buy in. The jeans are the sympathetic monster of the film and that sympathy is well earned – believe it or not and the film raises some pertinent questions that should be asked about the fashion industry.

Kephart has pulled off something great here. A ridiculous premise, grounded by serious issues and anchored by three great performances. Bloody and funny, Slaxx was a total, welcome surprise and you should absolutely check it out.

Slaxx is available on Shudder (US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand) now.

Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78

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