Interview: Director and co-writer Elza Kephart for the Shudder Original “Slaxx” (The Filmcraziest Show)

Slaxx is a new horror film about a pair of killer jeans that attacks a Canadian clothing store on the night before a big sale. Reading that synopsis, you’ve likely already decided if that’s the kind-of film for you – and if it is, it’s a real treat as it blends great gore FX, comedy and commentary on the retail industry into a compact 77-minute runtime. (My review of the film out of Fantasia can be found here.) The film stars Romane Denis as Libby, the innocent protagonist who is untainted by the retail industry and finds herself in this situation. It also stars Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani, Kenny Wong and Erica Anderson, among others. The film is directed by Elza Kephart and written by Kephart and Patricia Gomez.

The film premiered last month on Shudder as a Shudder Original in the U.S., U.K. and Australia and New Zealand. (The film is distributed by Filmoption International in Canada.) I was able to chat with the director and co-writer of the film, Elza Kephart, about Slaxx where we talk about the origins of the film, social media influencers, altering the original draft which originally saw the film set in a high school, as well as some of the gore, VFX and puppetry on set, pitching the film, and being a Montreal-set film premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival. There’s more during the conversation, too.

You can listen to the conversation directly below or go here to download it.

Slaxx is now available to stream on Shudder in the U.S., U.K. and Australia and New Zealand.

Elza Kephart, Slaxx
Slaxx director and co-writer Elza Kephart on the set of Slaxx.

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