review by Bobby Blakey
In the world of horror nothing is off limits including who you decide is going to be doing the killing. I love horror films that bring the most ridiculous ideas to the forefront and still manage to work. Cult classics like Rubber and Death Bed: The Bed That Eats do just that, but are also an acquired taste. The latest looking to find its place in that category is SLAXX starring Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani, and Stephen Bogaert from director Elza Kephart. Could this fit into this genre of horror or will it just not be the right size?
SLAXX follows a possessed pair of jeans is brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company’s flagship store, the killer jeans proceed to wreak carnage on staff who are locked in overnight to set up the new collection.
On the surface this films sounds ridiculous and it is, but it works. It is a horror comedy of sorts, but takes itself just serious enough to work better than it had any right too. There is a ton of blood, but not too much over the top gore. The kills are creative and fun to watch and each leads up to something even more outlandish.
What I didn’t expect was that there would be some deeper messages here regarding child labor, social media, the human condition and more. How could all of that find its way into a movie about killer pants? Very carefully and cleverly executed. Make no mistake this isn’t a deep movie by any means, but it finds a fun balance with the killing and story to deliver a fun film all its own.
This is for sure an acquired taste that you will no doubt love or hate, but if you just step back and let it be what it is then you will no doubt have some bloody fun. In addition to the film this release includes bonus content including a photo gallery and numerous featurettes taking you behind bringing this denim nightmare to life.
Decide for yourself and grab your copy of SLAXX when it hits VOD, Digital HD and DVD on September 7th from Shudder and RLJE Films.