Slaxx: Shudder's ethical clothing horror will make you rethink those killer jeans

Slaxx (Not Rated, 77mins) Directed by Elza Klephart ***
Its the Canadian Cotton Clothiers biggest night in years.

A new collection turnaround that will include one of the most highly anticipated items theyve ever released.

Top thread-count consultants and stitch specialists from across the planet have combined to create a denim revolution. The first-ever gender-inclusive jeans Super Shape ones that are guaranteed to auto-adapt to your body size as soon as you slip them on for the first time.


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Security is tight at their flagship store, with a lockdown that includes the blocking of cellphones, between 12.01am and 8am. The only person allowed in or out during that time is social influencer Peyton Jewels (Erica Anderson) and even she is under strict instructions not to share any footage with her fans until the morning.

Into this maelstrom steps Libby McClean (Romane Denis), a long-term fan of the company, excited to have been called into assist with the seasonal makeover. Quickly learning the harsh reality and store hierarchy, shes shoved from one senior employee to the next, each of them seemingly disdainful at her very presence.

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Canadian comedy horror Slaxx is a kind of wacky combination of recent tales Onward and Deerskin, as well as the J-horrors of the 90s and noughties.

What also shocks her is the insubordination and reckless disregard for rules, most notably when one of her fellow workers decides to don the new denim. Weirdly though, minutes later shes nowhere to be found, and when another colleague goes to find her, she disappears too. Tasked by store manager Craig (Brett Donahue) to track the slackers down, what Libby discovers is both unbelievable and can never be unseen.

Eighteen years after their first collaboration, zombie tale Graveyard Alive, Canadian duo Elza Klephart and Patricia Gomezs sophomore effort is an inventive, stylish and smart comedy horror that the likes of George Romero or Wes Craven would have been proud of.

Taking aim at ethical clothing, consumer culture and other modern day mores, the pair combine a Kevin Smith-esque eye and ear for retail employment with some truly memorable demises. While the supporting characters may be a little thinly drawn and one-dimensional, our heroine is no mere scream queen, keen to uncover the motivation for the increasing trail of death.

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If nothing else, Slaxx will make you look-closer at a company that claims to deal in fair-trade clothing and think twice about whether you really need those killer jeans.

A kind of wacky combination of recent tales Onward and Deerskin, as well as the J-horrors of the 90s and noughties, this draws the viewer in via the extensive use of point-of-view shots, with the result that you almost feel complicit in events.

If nothing else, Slaxx will make you look-closer at a company that claims to deal in fair-trade clothing and think twice about whether you really need those killer jeans.

Slaxx is now streaming on horror streaming service Shudder.

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