I’ve had Slaxx on my radar for a while. The premise of the story is:
When a possessed pair of jeans begins to kill the staff of a trendy clothing store, it is up to Libby, an idealistic young salesclerk, to stop its bloody rampage.
Yep, this is a movie about a pair of jeans that kills people! The entire movie had its tongue firmly in its cheeky and I couldn’t wait.
Slaxx stars Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani, Kenny Wong, Tianna Nori and Jessica B Hill. I know they aren’t huge names, but each one of them was great.
It’s directed by Elza Kephart, who again, isn’t a huge name but has worked on movies like X-Men: Apocalypse, Days of Future Past, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Red 2.
The film opens in a cotton field in India, where a poor young girl is working at picking the cotton in an “experimental” field.
We switch to a very eco friendly store that sells clothes that are 120% Fair Trade. Yeah, I couldn’t work out that maths either. A young lady, Libby (Denis), gets a job there. She thinks the store is actually saving the environment. It is the day of a big launch of some new pants, or trousers for our British readers.
Libby has to buy some of the clothes at the store which are ludicrously expensive. She buys a top at $175, but she thinks all the money is passed on to the workers in India.
The store is going to go into lockdown so they can unload the newest jeans for the store. These actually shape to your body size and can even make you look thinner. Libby is getting changed and finds two of the girls that already work there have stolen a pair and one of the girls put them on.
As they are having their team meeting, the girl feels cramps and heads to the toilet, where the jeans proceed to squeeze her to death and then eat her! I proper laughed at this, it was just great.
The rest of the movie is all about why the jeans were killing, how to murder a social media influencer and the lengths that some companies will go to to make themselves seem like eco-friendly, when in reality it’s all about the profits.
It’s really funny and the cast are great. The social media girl is so well realised you couldn’t wait for her to get killed. The effects were really good too.
In this day and age, where Hollywood preaches at you about whatever “the message” is this week, this was a breath of fresh air. When Hollywood does the message, you just sit there and roll your eyes and it just makes you cringe at what they are saying.
Slaxx didn’t do that. It actually got me thinking about sweatshops in places like India or China. The people that work there get paid pennies, but the companies are selling the clothes for hundreds of dollars. Just because a company says it is eco-friendly, it doesn’t make it true.
I kept thinking about the adverts I have seen for places like Amazon, who are committed to a cleaner future, but are also one of the biggest polluting companies on the planet! I cannot think of another movie that has made me think like this for a while.
Slaxx wasn’t preaching at you, though. It’s a fun, entertaining movie, with a few deep messages in it. I love weird and wonderful movies, and this was one. It was a stupid premise, but great fun and it made me think. Definitely worth checking out if you want something different.