Libby McClean (Romane Denis) is about to start a new job in a fashionable clothes store. She’s nervous but optimistic and willing to do a hard day’s work to please her overworked and pressurized manager, Craig (Brett Donahue).
It’s always hard starting a new job where you don’t know anybody, so Libby tries to make a connection with her reluctant co-worker, Shruti (Sehar Bhojani), but they get off on the wrong foot and the store is busily preparing for a visit from fashion vlogger, Peyton Jules (Erica Anderson) anyway.
Also, the news of a brand-new line of jeans that will fit any shape gets the staff excited. However, when Libby’s co-workers start disappearing, it’s up to her, Shruti and Craig to get to the bottom of what’s causing the jeans to kill. Hardly what Libby imagined she’d be doing on her first day of work.
Slaxx is a horror-comedy co-written and directed by Elza Kephart. Taking social commentary inspiration from Dawn of The Dead, Slaxx takes a more modern approach as it explores the full range of issues surrounding the fashion industry. Everything from consumer hunger, vapid trendsetters and even the darker side of how clothes get made that are so often swept under the carpet.
Kephart manages to take a unique concept and manages to balance the comedy and horror expertly, so after the initial deaths of inconsequential characters, Kephart ramps up the tension. By the end, the audience will not only be thinking about the movie’s message but will never put on a pair of jeans in the same way again.
The cast all work well together and Erica Anderson does a scene-stealing performance as a vacuous fashionista, 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 than they may have been expecting. Slaxx is a fashion-conscious fable worth seeking out
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