In Elza Kephart‘s horror-comedy, late-stage capitalism is the true villain. Slaxx follows Libby (Romane Denis), a plucky new hire at a trendy clothing store the day before an important launch—but the stylish form-fitting jeans have a life of their own and start murdering employees and influencers one by one. Kephart balances humor and gore with precision while managing to comment on unethical labor practices, exploitation, and our toxic relationship with fast fashion and consumerism. And with a breezy less-than-80-minute runtime, Slaxx doesn’t waste time with grandiose exposition—it says exactly what it wants to say and nothing more. Anyone who has worked in retail will surely relate to the film’s beleaguered protagonists, paid too little and pushed to the brink in order to uphold the farce of capitalism.
1 hour 17 min