Slaxx (2020)

Slaxx (Kephart 2020)

Kephart’s Slaxx breathes life and death (lots of death) into a seemingly absurd subject: murderous jeans. Balancing fit and function, the film is expertly crafted, fun, and presents important social commentary on fast fashion, greenwashing, and globalization. Slaxx stands in stark contrast to the tedious, surrealist gimmicks and pretension of a film such as Rubber (DuPieux 2010).

This is a Mile High Horror Film Festival special episode. We highly recommend you watch the film and join us for the conversation!


Slaxx (Kephart 2020)
Swallow (Craven 1972)

TOPIC INDEX – The Last House on the Left (Craven 1972) (times are approximate) 

0:35 – Introductions
4:15 – Discussion begins
10:40 – historical materialism, Antebellum, and Slaxx
14:00 – anti-consumerism, anti-capitalism
17:00 – Veblen and conspicuous consumption, conspicuos leisure, conspicuous waste
24:06 – “Cool Stores, Bad Jobs” by Besen-Cassino
28:30 – “Gift and Exchange” by Zygmunt Bauman

33:10 – Stealing the jeans?
40:30 – Race, ethnicity, and gender
45:00 – Shruti, Libby, Keerat
1:04:25 – End credit scenes
1:08:00 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Rubric

Related Films and Episodes
Antebellum (Bush and Renz 2020) (coming soon!)
In Fabric (Strickland 2018) (coming soon!)
Rabid (Soska Sisters 2020)
In My Skin (Dans ma Peau) (De Van 2002)
Swallow (Mirabella Davis 2019)
Ma (Taylor 2019)


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Episode 67