Libby (Romane Denis) has always dreamed of working in the retail store known as CCC’s (aka Canadian Cotton Clothiers). She finally gets the opportunity to work as a salesclerk. Naturally, Libby is over the moon to represent and work with such a colossal clothing label. She has hopes to meet some of the iconic members behind the creation of the company too.
But while working an evening shift with fellow staff, Libby and fellow staff are in for a wild night. Not only is there a significant reveal of a new line up of clothing for the company, but we quickly discover that from the new range of jeans named the “Super Shapers”, one pair of jeans is possessed! Now the possessed pair of jeans begins to kill the staff members of the store one by one. It’s up to Libby and the small group of remaining CCC employees to stick together and try to survive the wild blood bath.
The concept and idea of Slaxx is fun. A pair of jeans capable of murdering people is something new in horror. Sure, we have seen movies such as Killer Sofa (2019), The Drone (2019) and let’s not forget Rubber from (2010) which introduced a tyre that was happy to murder many. After seeing this film, it is only a matter of time until someone presents something similar to a movie about a pair of Sunglass can eat people face off. Thankfully Slaxx doesn’t just take a fun approach to the concept of killer jeans. It also attempts to make fun of clothing retail stores and those who work in the industry.
Slaxx is a combination of both horror and comedy. The film also enjoys being over the top in all areas, especially when it comes to retail, staff members and social media influencers. CCC employees are incredibly cheesy and extremely energetic to the point that many on-screen characters will annoy movie lovers watching this film. However, watching management deal with discovering a dead body only to brush it aside because they’re getting ready for a new line of clothing label does not work as a comedy for me. Instead, I find it downright silly and painful to watch.
For those who love horror, the film is loaded with plenty of violence and gore. You have not lived until you witness a pair of jeans taking the lives of people. I found the kills in Slaxx to be relatively weak. Some of the kills appear more off-screen as viewers get a glimpse of the aftermath instead.
Overall, call me crazy, but I love the idea and concept of Slaxx- a pair of possessed jeans that can murder many people while at the same time making fun of the world of retail and social media influencers. But sadly, Slaxx is a disappointing horror flick. With unlikeable characters and dull kills which never feel entertaining, Slaxx, in the end, has the right ingredients on paper but fails to deliver something tasty and memorable even as a brainless horror movie. Still, given the plot, it’s bound to have its fans and followers.
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