Watch SLAXX To Celebrate (?) Wearing Pants Again

I don’t know about where you are, but here in California, things have re-opened! I am going places with my body, wearing clothes I haven’t even seen in a year (side-note, I hate all my clothes now), and generally taking advantage of strangers’ eyes to dress up and pretend to be a human adult again.

An unexpectedly major aspect of life in this “post”-pandemic time is the constant reminder that I deeply despise denim waistbands. I feel so cool when I put them on and look in the mirror while standing up! Look at that silhouette! The structure! The textural variation! But why can they not be stretchy???

If this experience sounds familiar, then you sure will get a kick (lol, leg joke) out of the 2020 blood-bath masterpiece SLAXX. Directed by Elza Kephart and co-written by Kephart and Patricia Gomez, SLAXX asks the age-old question, what if your pants could become sentient and murder you?

The answer does not disappoint.

This is how you wear pants, right? RIGHT? Erica Anderson as Peyton Jewels, (C) SLAXX 2020

Campy, truly funny, and inventively disgusting, I found this film to be charming beyond my wildest expectations. It also has a clear investment in an anti-fast fashion/anti-greenwashing/anti-labor exploitation POV that had me sort of…rooting for the pants? Sort of. A lot.

At 75 minutes, SLAXX is also the perfect length for a party drinking game with your newly vaccinated friends! Here are my proposed rules:

  1. When the pants do murder, drink
  2. When the boss is a dick, drink

Trust me, that’s enough rules to get you pretty tipsy.

Does It Pass

  • Bechdel-Wallace Test: Pass!
  • Sexy Lamp Test: Pass.
  • Willis Test: Pass.
  • Ko Test: Pass.
  • Roxane Gay Test: On the one hand, the cast is fairly diverse! On the other hand, nobody is like…”complex.” But there are lots of women who are equally complex as our slightly silly protagonist, so…I say pass!
  • Carie-Burns Test: Fail! Everybody dies! Which was, admittedly, delightful.

SLAXX is available to stream on Shudder, Amazon Prime Video, and Sling. Let me know what you think!

Published by Brandy N. Carie

Playwright. Director. Producer. Feminist Takes on Horror Films.

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