Comedy Fantasia Festival

Fantasia Festival Review: ‘Slaxx’

August 24, 2020Ben MK

To some, keeping current with the latest clothing trends is serious business. But if there are those who would die for fashion, then there are also those who would die because of it — like the unsuspecting victims in Slaxx.

Set the night before the launch of a hotly anticipated new denim line called Super Shapers, director Elza Kephart's outrageous horror comedy finds the employees at a Canadian Cotton Clothiers store — including brand new hire Libby (Romane Denis) — going into lockdown so they can prepare for the big product unveiling the next morning. Little do they realize, however, that the new jeans aren't just able to automatically conform to any body type, as they're being advertised — they literally have a mind of their own. And once these jeans get a taste for blood, it's only a matter of time before they disembowel, decapitate and decimate every last living soul in the store.

The premise is silly for sure, but that being said, Slaxx also offers a sly critique about consumerism and the practices of so-called socially responsible corporations. After all, if you don't have eyes on every single step of your production chain, can you really claim to be guilt-free?

Slaxx makes its world premiere at the 2020 Fantasia International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 17 min.

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