Hello again, horror fans. Welcome to another edition of Horror With a Side of Cheese. I am on the hunt for the cheesiest horror films ever made. Twice every month, on the first and third Fridays, I come here and talk about my latest finds. Each entry is rated on a scale of one to five cheese slices. The factors that go into the rating include story, dialogue, effects, acting and re-watchability. The movies come from a wide array of subgenres, decades and locations. In this edition, I talk about the 2020 horror comedy, Slaxx. Stick around to see how many cheese slices it gets.
Libby (Romane Denis) thinks she has hit the jackpot when she gets a job as a sales clerk at a trendy clothing brand. During an overnight lockdown to prepare for a big event, a possessed pair of jeans begins killing everyone in the store. Can Libby find a way to survive? Perhaps an answer will become clear if she can discover how the piece of clothing became possessed. On the other hand, it may lead to more issues.
How do you fight a pair of pants? Libby and the remaining staff must devise a solution before the store opens or prepare for the potentially horrific consequences.
Slaxx stars Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani, Kenny Wong, Tianna Nori, Jessica B. Hill, Marie-Claude Labrecque, Erica Anderson, Hanneke Talbot and Pritha Mazumdar. Elza Kephart directed the film and wrote the screenplay with Patricia Gomez.
This film has a 96 percent Tomatometer Score and a 47 percent Audience Score or Rotten Tomatoes—an oddly large disparity between the two.
Who isn’t intrigued by the idea of a movie based around a killer pair of pants? When I heard about Slaxx, I had to watch it ASAP. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by the result.
The first thing I want to address is the story. I anticipated something along the lines of Jack Frost or Gingerdead Man, where a killer becomes a living version of a usually inanimate object. However, this movie is something entirely different. The pants in question are possessed, but not in the same way as the other films mentioned. Unfortunately, I can’t get into this line of thinking anymore without the risk of spoilers. I will say one more thing; surprisingly, there is a fully developed storyline that is easy to follow and makes sense. It is also fairly in-depth.
Next, I want to talk about the dialogue. Mostly, the cheesiness within this aspect comes from the characters’ personalities. For example, the main character, Libby, has no standout terrible lines. However, the manager of the store says some completely ridiculous things. For instance, he says they can’t worry about the first murder (before they know it is pants) because they have to prepare for the opening. He spouts a near-constant stream of nonsense. There are a few other moments from different characters, but overall, it is primarily the tone and situations that lend to the dialogue’s cheese factor.
The effects are interesting. Most of the visual effects revolve around the pants moving on their own. I am not an expert, but based on my experiences with these cheesy movies, they are almost exclusively computer generated. There are a few scenes where I believe they had an actual pair of jeans rigged up. Of course, when someone is wearing them, they are not virtual. The only other thing to mention is the blood. Generally speaking, it is decent; definitely better than some (I’m looking at you, Blair Witch).
As for the acting, it fits right in with other cheesy horror films. Craig, the manager, in particular, gives all of the over-the-top cheesiness that makes these movies epic. Libby is not as extreme in this aspect, but many of the side characters are EXTREMELY cheesy. Unfortunately, there is nothing of particular interest to mention here.
Finally, re-watchability. I found this one quite entertaining. It is not the typical hilarious experience but fun and intriguing. I will watch this again and recommend giving it a chance. I am not sure I necessarily agree with its extremely high rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it is an interesting cheesy horror. While it differs slightly from other movies I have discussed here, it is still about a killer pair of pants. I am giving it a solid four cheese slices. Slaxx is available to stream on Shudder. It is also available to rent or purchase on Prime Video and Google.
There you have it, horror fans, another cheesy horror in the books. Have you seen this one yet? If so, what did you think? If not, will you watch it? Let us know in the comments! If you know a movie I need to watch, leave that in the comments, too.
Until next time, enjoy the Slaxx trailer below. Stay cheesy, stay spooky, and above all, watch more horror movies.