Movie Review: SLAXX (2020)

August 24, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Ol’ Libby (Romane Denis) is happier than a clam in pigshit (of course as everyone knows, that is pretty damn happy) to be a new employee of an ultra-swank clothing store that is filled with plenty of those pretentious-ass types we all know and loathe.

Anyway, one of those aforementioned asses steals a pair of jeans, puts them on, and before you can say “Ooh la la Sasson” she’s pinched in two by that ghoulish garment… and those putrid pants Hoover-up the red sauce left behind with the quickness!

You see those sinister slacks are alive and hellbent on creating some serious employee turnover; and it’s up to Libby and her co-worker Shruti (Sehar Bhojani) to try and appease those terror trousers before the entire staff is devoured!

Man-oh-man, Slaxx is a nice big slice of ridiculousness and it’s pretty damn glorious let me tell you cats n’ creeps! Director Elza Kephart, who also co-wrote this fright flick along with Patricia Gomez, has created a world that is so insane that it almost seems plausible… I mean the hyper-exaggerated store and it’s staff, the ridiculous product lines, and vapid ‘social media influencers’… not the killer blue jeans… but lately would I even bat an eerie eye if I saw murderous clothing in real life? Not really.

About that antagonist, those pants really are vicious (their embroidered pocket placed logo is a modified S.S. insignia for fuck’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. I didn’t expect that level of ghoulish goodness from a horror comedy, but I was pleasantly surprised boils n’ ghouls!

Now all of the above is only going to be fearsome fun if the actors on hand are up to snuff, and I’m pleased to say the cast here does a fantastic job, with the stand-outs for your’s cruelly being Denis who absolutely owns the “lovable, mousy heroine” roll she’s been given, Bhojani as her jaded, store-lifer co-worker that has clearly had enough of this retail shit for decades, and Erica Anderson as off-the-wall social media maven Peyton Jules (and who provides a good number of laughs during her scenes).

Bottom line; Slaxx is a creepy comedy that hits ya right in the pants… it’s fun, funny, and a hell of a good time in the ol’ horror biz!

 

 

 

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